|Thomas Knudsen (Managing Director)|
John Mullen (Executive Chairman)
|Revenue||$7.8 billion (2020)|
|-$685.3 million (2020)|
Number of employees
|44,000 (March 2018)|
|Parent||Japan Post Holdings|
|Subsidiaries||Bowmans Rail (33%)|
The Toll Group is an Australian transportation and logistics company with operations in road, rail, sea, air and warehousing. It has three divisions; Global Express, Global Forwarding, Global Logistics. It is a subsidiary of Japan Post Holdings.
Built on a horse-and-cart coal hauling business begun in 1888 by Albert Toll in Newcastle, the Toll business was purchased by National Minerals in 1959. In 1962 it was purchased by mining conglomerate Peko Wallsend. Under Peko Wallsend, which used Toll for all its transport activities, Toll developed into a national carrier. In 1969 it merged with HH Chadwick to form Toll-Chadwick, and its new owners sought to integrate its businesses and expand into containerised shipping.
After being rebranded Toll Transport in 1985, the next year it was sold in a management buyout to sold to Paul Little and Peter Rowsthorn with five depots and 125 trucks. In 1989 it was rebranded Toll Express after entering the interstate market and moved its headquarters from Newcastle to Melbourne. In 1991 it began operating in Tasmania with the purchase of Tasmania Express. In October 1993, it was listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
In 2002, Toll purchased BHP's stevedoring business, took a 50% share in Pacific National that took over the FreightCorp and National Rail Corporation businesses, acquired the Brambles Shipping business, including the ships Tasmanian Achiever and Victorian Reliance and the Mayne Express business.
In 2009, Toll took a 55% stake in the Toll Royal Railway, a joint venture with Kith Meng's Royal Group to takeover over the dilapidated metre-gauge network in Cambodia. This was sold in December 2014.
In July 2006 Toll acquired Patrick Corporation in a hostile takeover. In 2007 Patrick and Pacific National, were spun-off into a stand-alone listed company, Asciano. In 2007, Toll sold a 50% share in Toll Air Services, its aircraft ground handling business to dnata who purchased the remainder of the business in 2017. In 2012, Toll acquired a one-third shareholding in Bowmans Rail.
In 2015 Japan Post Holdings made a takeover offer for the Toll Group that was accepted. In 2019, the Bass Strait ships Tasmanian Achiever and Victorian Reliance were replaced by the Tasmanian Achiever II and the Victorian Reliance II.
Toll Global Express is a logistics and transportation division of the group. In 2012 it had plans to extend its compressed natural gas-powered fleet to more than 70 trucks. In 2014 it announced a $150-million, 71,000-square-metre, parcel-sorting centre near Melbourne Airport, to be built in partnership with Australia Pacific Airports.
Toll Global Forwarding (TGF) provides international freight forwarding and supply chain management services that range from complex supply chain services through to port-to-port freight forwarding movements.
It has eight business units: Americas; Australia and New Zealand; Greater China; South Africa and Zambia; United Kingdom and Ireland; Mainland Europe; Middle East and Indian Sub Continent; and South East Asia. Headquartered in Hong Kong, it has a global network of over 70 offices in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe, North America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.
TGF is the largest freight forwarder (in total TEU volume) to Asia. Toll has a diverse fleet that can move freight in a range of sizes and configurations. Toll has a specialised fleet to transport perishable freight.
In 2014 TGF reported they had more than 130 offices in 25 countries and about 5,500 employees.
The division's global reach is to more than 220 countries and territories. TGF is active in six major trade lanes: Asia and Australia and New Zealand; Asia and the USA; Asia and Europe; Asia and the UK; Asia and South Africa; and Intra Asia. In 2014 TGF reported they are moving forward from acquisition to consolidation, and restructure to re-engineering and growth. During the 2014 financial year, TGF reduced costs and improved productivity.
In 2011 Toll acquired SAT Albatros (SAT), a Dubai-based provider of sea-air services.
In 2009 Toll acquired Logistic Distribution Systems (LDS), a Dubai-based international freight forwarding company.
In 2009 Toll acquired Express Logistics Group (ELG), one of New Zealand's largest freight forwarding companies.
In 2008 Toll acquired BALtrans Logistics.
The division operates a fleet of air, sea, rail and road vehicles and vessels. The fleet has more than 19,000 vehicles including courier trucks, prime movers, b-doubles, and trailers; and 13,000 units of containers, ships, vessels and aeroplanes operating across the Asia Pacific region. In Singapore specifically, TGL was reported in 2011 as owning small cargo ships, which ferry container trucks to and from nearby ports in neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia and a fleet of trucks consisting of about 70 Hino, Fuso and UD prime movers that have roughly seven single trailers for each mover. In Vietnam TGL has over 300 trucks.
In China Toll can deliver within 48 hours to 70 percent of the cities in Pan-China region. In Taiwan Toll can deliver within 24 hours to 90% of the island-wide points of delivery. In Thailand Toll can deliver to all provinces within 72 hours.
In Indonesia it has six distribution centres and in Korea the division has two centres. In Vietnam Toll has 15 sites. In Thailand, Toll can reach all provinces within 72 hours and cover over 4,000 drop points. Toll operates more than 20 logistics facilities in mainland China and delivers to over 1,600 cities across China.
In 1998, company CEO Paul Little established a V8 Supercars team to promote the business. Paul Little Racing competed for seven years as a minnow team with Anthony Tratt driving, before Little closed the team and began sponsoring front-runners HSV Dealer Team with Rick Kelly and Garth Tander winning the 2006 and 2007 drivers' championships, before moving in 2008 with Tander to the sister Holden Racing Team until the end of the 2013 season.
In 2013, Toll Group was announced as a sponsor of the Amy Gillett Foundation, an Australian cycling advocacy group promoting road safety. In 2016, Toll partnered with Driver Reviver, a community program advocating safe driving behaviour by encouraging motorists to take breaks while driving long distances.
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