Welcome to LBH Global
Our core business is Port Agency work. And our focus is clearly on the bulk commodities that are moved through and between the ports. We have differentiated ourselves, by having built the internal commodity and supply chain knowledge, expertise and relationships that enable us to add value to our clients by expediting vessel and cargoturn around, providing superior local market intelligence enabling clients to make informed pro-active decisions based on information their competitors may not have available to them. By using our commodity and domain knowledge together with our local and international expertise we assist our clients, execute the movement of their commodities and help them to manage and mitigate their operational, financial, and compliance exposure and risk globally.
Though our core business is Port Agency, we do perform other activities and services that support the specific commodities and their supply chains in different locations, these activities are done on the basis that they add value to the core business and do not create any conflicts of interest.
In 2013 as Agents we handled more than 800 million mt of bulk cargoes, including over 550 million mt of Iron Ore, more than 150 million mt of Coal, over than 50 million mt of bulk liquids, more than 10 million mt of Grains and over 35 million mt of other dry bulk cargoes.
From the first office in Rotterdam in 1984, the Lagendijk Brothers expanded the LBH Group by opening in South Africa to provide load port agency support to European coal clients. On this basis the group expanded by following the different bulk cargo commodity streams. This led to LBH setting up and establishing agency offices in numerous countries, initially under different identities and brands, that were all consolidated in 2008 under the LBH Group brand. The first two decades saw significant geographic expansion into South Africa with the establishment of Tallships, Mozambique with the establishment of Caravel, Brazil by establishing Brazship, Colombia with the establishment of Eurolatina, Australia with establishment of Oceanway and by opening a representative office in China in 2002. We are very proud that most of our local partners who were key pioneers in the early development of the group are still with us today running and actively developing the local business units and are still active members of our Senior Partners management team.
The last decade has seen the LBH group grow solidly and expand into Canada, the USA, Turkey, Egypt, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. The current geographic expansion path will continue and will be guided by changing commodity and trade patterns and the needs of our loyal and dedicated client base.
In this our 30th Anniversary year, my brother and I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of our loyal, customers, partners and staff for your support over the last 3 decades. We are a services business and we live to serve you the customers and to add value to your businesses, none of this would have been possible without your loyal support and that of the fantastic staff and partners we have working with us globally and the families who stand by and support them.