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DHL enhances LCL connectivity from India to South Africa

Direct LCL service from Nhava Sheva to Durban will provide fast, reliable and cost efficient service

Singapore, 20 January 2011: DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, today announced the launch of a new direct Less than Container Load[1] (LCL) service from Nhava Sheva, Mumbai in India to Durban, South Africa. Operated by Danmar Lines, DHL’s in-house carrier the new service will facilitate trade between India and South Africa and offer customers reliable, quick and cost-effective services between the two ports.

With trade between India and Africa having risen almost four-fold in the last five years, from US$9.9 billion in 2004-05 to US$39 billion in 2008-09[2], DHL Global Forwarding sees vast potential in the India-Africa trade lane.

Christoph Remund, Chief Executive Officer, DHL Global Forwarding India, said, “The launch of our direct India to Durban LCL service reflects our commitment to customers who have increasing business activities in both markets. The company has allocated significant resources to facilitate growth in the India-Africa trade lane by setting up dedicated India Desks in ten African countries to help businesses there, with plans to establish additional Desks this year.”

Africa is emerging as a key market, with freight volumes between India and Africa expected to grow significantly in the coming years. “With expertise in several key sectors, including oil and gas, telecommunications and IT, we are well-positioned to leverage our capabilities in Africa and further increase our LCL volumes this year,” said Clas Thorell, Head of LCL Management Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding.

Sanjay Tejwani, Director – Ocean Freight, DHL Global Forwarding India, said, “This new service will benefit customers with direct connectivity between Africa and India, especially the small and medium enterprises which are increasingly turning to ocean freight for greater cost efficiencies. We are optimistic about the growth potential of this business supported by the strong intermodal network across Africa.”

To reinforce focus on this important sector, DHL Global Forwarding has recently appointed Joseph Oguta as Head of LCL for Africa, based in Kenya. Mr. Oguta’s appointment will provide a strong thrust to enhance the company’s competitive edge in the fast-changing global business environment.

DHL 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 offers unrivalled coverage with more than 400 weekly point pairs from 11 South Asia Terminals sailing to 38 destination terminals in Emerging Markets.

[1] Less than Container Load (LCL) refers to smaller amounts of ocean freight cargo that are insufficient to fill a Full Container Load (FCL) on its own. The service is widely used by customers across many industries as it offers greater flexibility in the management of supply chains by being able to ship smaller quantities on a timelier basis.

[2] Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence & Statistics, Ministry of Commerce & Industry

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