In 1958, German-born Henning Harders, 23, boarded the turbine freighter, the “TS Essen” in Hamburg, and sailed to Sydney to establish an office for his employer, a world renowned logistics company.
Henning went on to forge a career in global logistics, dividing his time between Australia and Germany. He also met his wife, Gabriele, and had two sons, Christian and Sebastian, and a daughter, Daniela.
His dream was to build a company of his own, a family business that would become his legacy. In 1987, this vision began to take shape. Henning Harders Pty Ltd., an international freight-forwarding and customs-brokerage business, opened its doors in a small office in Sydney’s Margaret Street. At Henning’s side were Operations Director, Ross Cameron, and Henning’s eldest son, 23-year old Christian Harders.
Ever since then, the company has kept on growing, establishing offices in Melbourne, Brisbane, Orange and Perth - as well as Auckland and Wellington New Zealand with the acquisition of the global logistics company, Profile Global.
In 2007, Henning’s children became co-owners of the company. Two years later, Henning, aged 74, passed away, leaving his family with wise business advice: “Make friends and help people”.
Today, the extended Harders family counts close to 100 staff members, many of whom have been with the company for many years. Their commitment to “treat every shipment as if it were their own” is the reason why the Henning Harders success story continues.