Release Date: 10 November 2010
Release ID: 4989
Kuala Lumpur and London, November 2010 - Leading global express integrator, TNT, received a global award for its Asia Road Network (ARN) at the 14th annual International Freighting Weekly Awards in London.
TNT was recognised and awarded for its innovation, high service standards and for successfully pioneering the first chartered road service network in Southeast Asia.
Modelled after the TNTís market-leading European Road Network, the ARN which is wholly managed by TNT stretches across 127 cities in seven countries across Southeast Asia and China Ė a distance of more than 7,650 kilometers and growing.
While road networks play a dominant role in Europe , US and the rest of the world, Asia still preferred to move via its extensive waterways. Realising the need and potential for a viable alternative for itís customers, TNT invested more than 12.5 million euro (about S$21.4 million) into developing the ARN and channeled efforts into facilitating faster customer clearances between borders and the rest as they say is history.
ďFive years ago, we announced our intention to develop a road network in Asia, very much like our Europe Road Network. We were the first to attempt such an ambitious project in Asia, and we faced a set of unique challenges. TNT did what we do best and engineered an unrivalled road network that offers our customers a combination of cost efficiency, speed, security and reliabilityĒ. Says David Stenberg, General Manager, Asia Road Network.
In the diverse geographical territory of Southeast Asia, TNTís ARN service is 30 per cent cheaper than air transportation and 3 times faster than sea transportation on average. Since its inception, capacity on the ARN has grown over 20 per cent year-on-year with scope for further exponential growth as according to a recent report, the total volume of road freight carried domestically and internationally in Asia is expected to grow by 8.4 per cent over the next four years, from 2,090 billion tonnes-km in 2010 to 2,889 billion tonnes-km in 2014.
In June, TNT unveiled a new fleet of trucks specially designed for maximum efficiency and customised to suit pan-Asian routes. The 41-foot Scania trucks and trailers are larger and more environmentally friendly than their predecessors. TNT and partners Scania and Astrata have collaborated closely on design and security features which are still, to this day, completely unique in the region.
In what is an industry first, TNT has achieved the highest validation ever to be awarded to a company globally for trucks operating on its ARN in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Level One is the highest validation that TAPA (Transported Asset Protection Association) awards in its TSR category (Trucking Security), demanding 100 per cent compliance from participating companies and their suppliers in meeting stringent security measures. Coupled with its TAPA FSR certification, TNT is now the first globally to operate a complete door-to-door TAPA certified- logistics network.
TNT has taken the TAPA requirements a stage further by deploying CCTV cameras on their fleet. The cameras, which can be monitored remotely, observe the loading and unloading of the trailer, to ensure quality controls at all stages of the movement of the customerís goods. The cameras are also used to detect if the trailer is being followed and the control room is able to alert the police immediately of an eminent attack on the vehicle.
David continues, ďOver the years, we have seen the profile of freight diversify to include more high-value goods, such as electronics, healthcare products and automotive and industrial equipment. This global award affirms our ability to drive best-in-class services in all markets we operate, and particularly in the exciting, emerging markets of Southeast Asia.Ē
TNT plans to announce further security enhancements to the ARN and plans to expand the road network further into mainland China and subsequently into India.
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