Liverpool firm to open US and China bases

While many companies have found Brexit a challenge, Liverpool logistics firm Brunswick International has seen trade soar 500% and is now embarking on a global expansion. Tony McDonough reports

Brunswick International
Brunswick International founders Steve Crane and Fred Connolly


Liverpool international shipping and logistics company Brunswick International is to open new offices in Dallas in the US and Shanghai in 2022 as part of a 2022 global expansion.

Earlier this year Brunswick, which has been operating in Liverpool for 30 years, relocated its local base from Kirkdale in the north of the city and opened a new £2m base Brunswick Dock in the south. The firm was originally based at Brunswick Dock.

Now, following significant growth over the past 12 months, the company is looking to launch a global expansion drive. As well the the new offices in Dallas and Shanghai it will also be setting up shop in London.

While Brexit has been a challenge for many businesses, Brunswick, which handles around 20,000 containers a year, has seen trade in its customs operation soar by 500% since the UK parted company with the EU at the beginning of 2021.

It is also reporting increased operations within the US and Chinese markets, hence the new offices. The first will open in Dallas, Texas in the first half of 2022 and this will be followed by a premises in Shanghai towards the end of the year.

Brunswick International co-founder Steve Crane said: “Everyone at Brunswick International is extremely excited for what will be a huge 2022. Over the last 30 years the company has embarked on a solid trajectory of growth which has sped up significantly during the last couple of years.

“The opening of further offices in the US and China, as well as our new office in London, will be game-changing for the business. It will position us as a world leader in logistics and that is our ambition. Increased work from the US and China mean this is essential for our growth.

“There has never been a better time to be involved in the logistics business. The solid foundations we have built at Brunswick will future-proof our facilities and allow us to thrive as technology in the industry advances and we globalise further.”

Earlier this year Brunswick revealed it handled more than 20m teabags through Liverpool docks every year. It imports a 100-container shipment full of tea annually, before distributing the tea bags inside to locations around the UK.

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