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DHL launches new direct LCL service from Hong Kong to Guatemala, Central America

Enhances trading capacity from Asia Pacific to Central and South America

Singapore, 23 March 2010 – DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, today announced the launch of its new direct LCL[1] (Less than container Load) weekly service from Hong Kong to Guatemala, Central America. The move will enhance connectivity and trade from Hong Kong’s strategic port to one of the busiest ports of Central America, as well as the trade flows between Asia Pacific and Central and South America.

DHL currently offers the industry’s widest coverage with more than 700 weekly point pairs from 24 North Pacific terminals sailing to 30 destinations in Central America. The newly added LCL service underscores DHL’s move to respond to growing trade volumes from Asia Pacific as well as Hong Kong to Guatemala. According to the International Trade Statistics Report 2009 issued by the World Trade Organization, trade from Asia to Central and South America in 2008 amounted to US$127.3 billion, 2.9% of total trade flows in the region’s total merchandise exports[2]. Currently, Central and South America account for 1.4% of Hong Kong’s exports of services[3], and may rise as trade between both regions continues to grow.

Mr. Kelvin Leung, Chief Executive Offer, DHL Global Forwarding, North Asia Pacific, said, “A number of prominent trends are affecting the freight forwarding industry – globalization of the supply chain, shortening of product lifecycles and low inventory. In the face of these trends, our customers are sourcing for the most cost effective yet reliable freight forwarding solution for their own customers’ needs. The link from Hong Kong to Guatemala enhances our existing robust LCL global portfolio and service network.”

Mr. Edward Hui, Managing Director, DHL Global Forwarding, Hong Kong, Macau and South China, said, “DHL endeavors to deliver the best-in-class logistics solutions for our customers and we have the capability to provide comprehensive LCL services which cover the entire global network. By establishing an additional route to Central America, we are offering customers in Hong Kong as well as South China access to an important emerging market.”

The new service enhances efficiency by reducing transit time to within 27 days from Hong Kong to Guatemala. The launch of the route is an addition to DHL’s existing direct LCL services from Hong Kong to Central and South America – Hong Kong to Paranagua, Brazil launched late last year.

Clas Thorell, Head of LCL Management Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding, said, “We provide robust LCL offerings that are built upon the concept of global footprint. DHL Global Forwarding now provides customers with robust ocean freight capabilities across the regions with more than 700 weekly point pairs from North Asia Pacific to Central and South America. Here at DHL, we aim to be the one-stop solution provider. In addition to managing freight forwarding, our bespoke LCL service will provide the choice of ocean freight management systems for our customers to control shipping transactions and offer full tracking visibility.”

The newly launched service comes with local expertise which ensures customs clearance of customers’ freight is conducted in a controlled and timely manner. A smooth transition from freight collection through to delivery is also ensured by outstanding assembly and distribution networks at both origin and destination.

DHL currently operates the world’s largest LCL network with close to 2,000,000 cubic meters of LCL freight handled annually.
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