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DHL Launches New LCL Service from Shenzhen to Los Angeles

Shenzhen, 14 September 2010: DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, today announced the launch of a new direct Less than Container Load[1] (LCL) service from Shenzhen, China, to Los Angeles, the second largest container port in the United States of America (USA).

USA is the third largest trading partner and the second largest export market for Shenzhen. According to the latest statistics from Shenzhen Customs, the total imports and exports value of foreign trade between Shenzhen and USA rose 12.1 percent year-on-year to US$1.529 billion in the first half year of 2010 and exports grew 13 percent to US$1.318 billion[2].

“China and the USA are two of the world’s largest economies and the launch of our new LCL service underscores DHL’s commitment to cater to our customers’ needs in this important trade lane. Fueled by the export of high value goods such as machinery and electric equipment, bilateral trade between both countries will inevitably be on the rise and we are well-positioned to facilitate the anticipated growth,” said Mr. Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding, North Asia Pacific.

With a transit time of 15 days, the Shenzhen-Los Angeles LCL service offers greater cost efficiency and flexibility for customers. This new service will enable our customers in South China, especially small and medium-sized enterprises located in cities such as Dongguan, Foshan, Zhongshan and Zhuhai, to benefit from the expanded service portfolio and access to the US market in a more secure and efficient manner.

Mr. Edward Hui, Managing Director, DHL Global Forwarding, Hong Kong, Macau and South China, said, “Today’s launch of our direct Shenzhen to Los Angeles LCL service reflects our commitment to our customers who have increasing business activities in both markets. As a global trade facilitator, our extensive network will facilitate customers’ strategy to extend their business footprint in the world’s largest markets.”

Operated by Danmar Lines, DHL Global Forwarding’s in-house carrier, this new service follows the launch of LCL services from Shenzhen to New York and Vancouver last year and will enhance DHL’s offering on the transpacific route. DHL currently operates 45 direct LCL services between Asia Pacific and North America.

Mr. Clas Thorell, Head of LCL Management Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding, said,

“With more than 1,500 weekly point pairs from 24 North Pacific terminals sailing to 63 destinations in North America, DHL offers unrivalled coverage and connectivity for its customers. Many of our customers operate in China and the USA and our robust LCL network on the transpacific route will deliver greater cost and operational efficiencies for customers in this highly competitive business landscape.”

As the global market leader, 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.

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