FREIGHT forwarder Vincent Intertrans (Holdings), which was listed on the stock exchange in September, has started implementing its expansion programme. The company is negotiating to buy 1.8 acres of land in Vancouver, Canada, for about HK$7 million to build a warehouse. Chairman Norman Lok Kim-hung said the company's business in Canada was growing fast and more space was needed for storage. The new 35,000 sq ft warehouse will replace the existing facility, which is about 3,500 sq ft. Mr Lok said the company's expansion would be concentrated on China where freight volumes, both imports and exports, were increasing rapidly. He said its network in China had become stronger with the opening of representative offices in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Qingdao and Wuhan this year under Vin-Shinyei (China). Offices will be opened in Shenzhen by the end of next month and in Dalian and Fuzhou next year. In response to the increasing demand for transport of goods in Tianjin, one of the largest ports in northern China, Vin-Shinyei (Tianjin) Intertrans Service has been set up and will begin operations shortly. Mr Lok said the group was one of the few within the forwarding industry to have obtained a licence to operate a wholly foreign-owned business in China. ''Only with the operating licence, services such as bonded warehouse storage, freight forwarding and customs brokerage can be provided in China,'' Mr Lok said. Vin-Shinyei (Tianjin) will provide services for overseas clients both in Tianjin and the nearby cities. For improved efficiency, the group has bought offices in the city as well as at the free trade zone terminal. Mr Lok said this year the group had seen a big increase in its feeder services, which operate between southern China and Hong Kong, as well as in the transshipment of goods from central China through Guangzhou. With the development of a network of highways in China, particularly the Hopewell Holdings superhighway in Shenzhen, movement of cargo between Hong Kong and China would increase significantly. In view of that, he said, the company aimed to strengthen its road freight service by buying more trucks, tractors and trailers. The group now has 14 tractors and 28 trailers. Long-term plans call for setting up equity joint ventures to provide road freight services in Anhui, Henan, Zhejiang and Shandong, where a considerable degree of industrialisation is taking place. Mr Lok said the group also planned to establish other joint ventures with Chinese partners to provide feeder services between Hong Kong, Shantou and Fuzhou. He said the group also planned to expand its services in Southeast Asia by setting up joint-venture offices or by acquiring controlling interests in profitable and potentially profitable forwarding companies in Malaysia and the Philippines. The group already has an office in Singapore.