Release Date: 17 April 2008
Release ID: 898
DHL, the world’s leading express and logistics company,announced today that its freight forwarding division, DHL Global Forwarding, has reinforced its commitment to China with the opening of three new branches in inland China, designed to provide better customer service and greater access to and from China’s hinterland.
The three new branches are Changsha in Hunan Province, Hefei in Anhui Province and Changchun in Jilin province, which are all important second tier cities in inland China with booming economies and great potential in manufacturing, electronics and the automotive industries.
With the opening of the three new branches, the network of DHL Global Forwarding China expands to 26 cities, with 47 locations across China, including 40 branch offices and seven representative offices.
“With the ongoing development of the nation’s infrastructure, we are seeing more and more production shifting from coastal areas to the mid, northern and western areas of China,” remarked Steve Huang, Managing Director, DHL Global Forwarding China.
“Launching the three new branches is not only an opportunity for us to expand our network by ensuring a broader coverage for us to provide better services to our customers, but it also strategically supports the Chinese Government’s 11th 5-year-plan on regional development.”
The new branches will offer DHL Global Forwarding’s international freight forwarding services, such as international airfreight, international ocean freight, trucking and customs clearance, in addition to domestic airfreight, which is one of the key service offerings that will provide support for customers with pan-China distribution capabilities from central and western areas.
“DHL Global Forwarding is determined to link China with the rest of the world by offering a complete portfolio of international and domestic services and innovative solutions,” added Victor Mok, Senior Vice President, DHL, Greater China.
In the past few years, over US$30 million worth of investments have been made by DHL Global Forwarding in China to consolidate its market leading position. To further strengthen the position and maintain sustainable growth, an additional US$20 million will be invested in the next few years.
DHL Global Forwarding is the first international forwarder to obtain the CATA (China Air Transport Association) domestic airfreight license, allowing it to operate within 17 Chinese cities by the end of 2007. Additional branches will be opened this year in line with DHL’s international and domestic service network development plan of China.
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