Customs Support expands footprint with the acquisition of Bell Transport & Logistics in Ireland

Customs Support expands footprint with the acquisition of Bell Transport & Logistics in Ireland

Martijn Rijk

22/12/2021

Marketing Manager

Customs Support, the #1 neutral and digital partner for customs declarations in Europe, announces the acquisition of Bell Transport & Logistics Ltd (Bell) and Clearing Customs UK. This acquisition marks Customs Support’s expansion to Ireland as one further step of its ambition to become the leading customs partner for clients across Europe.

The customs specialist Bell Transport & Logistics was founded in 2002. As a market leader in Ireland with a strong foothold in the UK and with management with over 40 years of experience, Bell is recognized as a go-to customs partner for importers and exporters. Highly experienced staff, significant investments into digitization and cost-effective services to clients set Bell apart. Bell is AEO approved and a member of the IIFA and complies with IIFA conditions of trading.  John Dawson remains as Managing Director.

“We are very excited about joining Customs Support. Customs Support is a highly regarded leader in the customs space and is at the forefront of digitization. Joining Customs Support will further strengthen our value proposition as we will benefit from the digital know-how and get access to the international coverage of Customs Support. We are looking forward to the journey ahead.
- John Dawson, Founder and Managing Director of Bell Transport & Logistics.

“We are delighted to launch our presence in Ireland and extend our presence in the UK. Bell Transport & Logistics has an excellent track record and fits great into the Customs Support Group. Together we are well prepared for the upcoming tightening of the Brexit regulations and have the capacity to serve customers in both Ireland and the UK. We believe that the clients of both companies will benefit substantially from Bell joining the Customs Support family.”
- Frank Weermeijer, CEO of Customs Support Group

About Customs Support Group:

Headquartered in the Netherlands, Customs Support Group is Europe’s leading independent, digital and neutral provider of customs services employing >1.000 dedicated customs professionals serving over 12,000 customers annually. Through our extensive service offering and digital capability, we consistently support our customers in maximising regulatory compliance, achieving operational efficiencies, import duty optimisation, duty planning, and ongoing development for a constantly shifting customs landscape.

In addition to traditional brokerage and digital services, Customs Support Group offers customs consulting and gas measurement services. The company is currently active in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Poland, Italy, Switzerland and Finland.

In Europe, Customs Support Group serves many cross-border clients in several industries such as automotive, food and beverage, and many more. Customs Support is the frontrunner in digital customs and invests substantially in the digitalisation of the customs process.

For more information, please visit https://www.customssupport.com/

About Castik Capital:

Castik Capital S.à r.l. (“Castik Capital”) manages investments in private equity. Castik Capital is a European Private Equity firm, acquiring significant ownership positions in European private and public companies, where long-term value can be generated through active partnerships with management teams.
Founded in 2014, Castik Capital is based in Luxembourg and focuses on identifying and developing investment opportunities across Europe. Investments are made by the Luxembourg-based fund, EPIC II SLP. The advisor to Castik Capital S.à r.l. is Castik Capital Partners GmbH, based in Munich.

If you are the owner of a customs brokerage, gas measurement or other related services business and would like to know more about the possibilities of your business joining Customs Support, please contact Sebastian Ootjers – Director M&A and Corporate Development at sebastian.ootjers@customssupport.com.

If you have any questions, please refer to our Communication department at marketing@customssupport.com.