Bertling Logistics and Clemenger International Freight have formed a new joint-venture company to work in the Australian market.

Bertling is a global shipping and logistics company, based in Germany and Clemenger specialises in freight forwarding and customs broking.

The joint venture, Clemenger Bertling Projects, commenced operations on 1 July. It is headquartered in Perth, and a statement from the company said it has a presence in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

The company said its main purpose will be to “explore new business opportunities in Australia” in energy, mining and construction.

Clemenger Bertling Projects named Chris Nicholson as its general manager. He has held roles with Clemenger since 2015.

According to the joint venture’s statement, Bertling will bring experience in global project logistics and transport engineering services, while Clemenger has experience in general freight forwarding and offers in-house customs clearance services in Australia.

Bertling Logistics CEO Colin MacIsaac said Australia had always been an important market for the company.

“Clemenger’s skilled team, high-quality services and wide-spread local network are well-known within Australia”, Mr MacIsaac said.

“We are convinced that our new JV will obtain a leading position in the Australian logistics market and that we will be ideally positioned to adequately respond to and serve the logistics need arising from the ongoing energy transition.”