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DHL launches new direct LCL service from Shanghai to Keelung

Singapore, 21 June 2010: DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, today announced the launch of its direct Less than Container Load (LCL) weekly service from Shanghai, China to Keelung, Taiwan, enhancing its cross-strait connectivity.

Danmar Lines, DHL Global Forwarding’s in-house carrier, operates the new weekly direct LCL service. With cargo shipped directly from Shanghai to Keelung instead of being routed via Hong Kong, customers can now expect their shipments to arrive in Keelung within 4 days.

As one of the world’s busiest cargo ports, the cargo throughput in the Port of Shanghai reached 590 million tons in 2009, making it the largest in the world for five consecutive years. With container traffic reaching 25 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), the Port of Shanghai was ranked the second largest in the world last year. Situated at the northeast of Taiwan, Keelung is the second largest port on the island, with high-value shipments as its main import and export cargo. In 2008, 8,053 vessels carrying almost 91.3 million tons of cargo that included over two million TEUs of containerized cargo called at the Port of Keelung.

“We have seen robust year-on-year growth in our LCL volumes in China,” said Mr. Kelvin Leung, CEO, North Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding. “Since cross-strait traffic between Mainland China and Taiwan commenced on 15 December 2008, direct air and shipping services have significantly facilitated trade between both sides. As cross-strait container volumes continue to grow, we are confident that the timely launch of our new LCL service between Shanghai and Keelung will further boost bilateral trade and benefit businesses from both markets.”

In the first four months of this year, Shanghai’s total import and export volume with Taiwan reached US$10.13 billion, representing a 77.3% increase year-on-year, which made Shanghai-Taiwan the third fastest growing trade lane after Shanghai-ASEAN and Shanghai-Korea.

Mr. Steve Huang, CEO, China, DHL Global Forwarding, said, “This is the first cross-strait direct LCL service for DHL Global Forwarding and it is part of DHL’s on-going plans to expand our own operated, weekly guaranteed, LCL services in China. With Shanghai as the gateway, this new service will benefit customers with cross-strait businesses, especially the small and medium enterprises in the Yangtze Delta including Hangzhou, Nanjing, Suzhou and Wuxi. It also deepens our commitment to the Chinese logistics industry to provide value-added solutions that meet customers’ varied needs.”

Mr. Clas Thorell, Head of LCL Management Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding, added, “With more than 2,700 weekly point pairs from 24 North Pacific terminals sailing to 116 destinations in Asia Pacific, the Shanghai-Keelung direct LCL service will further enhance our connectivity within the extensive global network and reinforce our market-leading position. DHL currently operates the world’s largest LCL network with close to 2,000,000 cubic meters of LCL freight handled annually via 45,000 point pairs within the DHL in-house system.”

As a global leader in LCL, DHL carries more than 97% of its total volumes in-house. The in-house systems and strong global network enables the control of cargo flow, information flow, speed, accuracy, cost efficiency and reliability. Going beyond port-to-port, DHL’s LCL service also offers a complete end-to-end supply chain management that includes pick-up at origin, consolidation and deconsolidation, delivery at destination and customs clearance. All LCL services are accompanied by DHL’s first-class IT solutions such as DHL Track & Trace and other tools to allow full visibility throughout the whole supply chain.

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