Barsan Global Logistics – Expanding from Hong Kong to emerging markets around Asia
Founded in 1982 as a customs consultancy, Barsan Global Logistics (BGL) had grown to become Turkey’s largest customs company in seven years. Since 1990, the company has been involved in global transportation through land, air, sea, rail and multi-modal freight forwarding, bonded and non-bonded warehousing, and stock management. Hong Kong has played an important role as BGL expanded its global presence, as BGL has today 33 branches in 14 countries and an annual turnover of some 400 million US dollars.
BGL expanded its network in Asia in 2001 when it established “Barsan Global Logistics HK Ltd” in Hong Kong. This Hong Kong branch has been providing research and management advisory services to companies across Asia and Europe, a large part of which is now covered by China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Ebru Busra Tunca, Director of Barsan Global Logistics HK Ltd, said Hong Kong’s Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with the Chinese mainland and its proximity with the dynamic economy of the Pearl River Delta are among the reasons that made Hong Kong one of the strongest logistics bases in Asia. She said Hong Kong’s “East-meets-West” culture has also been an attraction for overseas companies looking to expand their business in the region.
BGL’s Hong Kong branch has proven to be a stepping stone to various emerging markets in Asia, and has remained an important regional office for BGL. BGL subsequently opened its Shanghai branch and became the first Turkish logistics company to establish a presence on the Chinese mainland. This was followed by new branches in Yiwu, Busan, South Korea, as well as Shenzhen and Ningbo. BGL’s steady growth and its worldwide network spanning East Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Europe and North America have demonstrated the importance of worldwide supply chain management. The company will continue to expand its network, targeting to be among the top ten logistics companies in the world by 2020.