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DHL boosts its LCL network with new services from South China to the Nordics

Launches two new LCL services – Shenzhen to Aarhus, Denmark and Shenzhen to Helsinki, Finland

Singapore, 2 August 2010: DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, today announced the launch of two direct Less than Container Load[1] (LCL) services from Shenzhen, China, to Aarhus, Denmark and Helsinki, Finland. With the two new services, transit time for shipments from Shenzhen to Aarhus and Helsinki will be reduced by up to three days, to 28 and 29 days respectively, as cargo is shipped directly instead of being routed via Hong Kong.

Operated by Danmar Lines, DHL Global Forwarding’s in-house carrier, these new LCL services enhances DHL’s existing LCL offerings between South China and North Europe and Scandinavia. In November 2009, DHL launched a direct LCL service from Shenzhen to Gothenburg, Sweden. With these new services, customers in South China, especially small and medium-sized enterprises located in cities such as Dongguan, Foshan, Zhongshan and Zhuhai, will benefit from the expanded service portfolio and access to these markets in a more secure and efficient manner.

The launch of these new services reflects DHL’s commitment to cater to increasing business demand in these trade lanes. According to the latest statistics from the Shenzhen Customs, the total value of foreign trade in Shenzhen rose 26.5 percent year-on-year to US$117.18 billion in the first five months of this year[2] and exports grew 19.5 percent to US$67.57 billion. From January to May, container traffic in the port of Shenzhen reached 8.548 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), up 28.1 percent year-on-year, attributed by steadily growing export of high value products such as machinery and electric equipment, as well as the recovery of economy and trade volumes in US and Europe.

“With 56 destination terminals in Europe, DHL offers unrivalled coverage and connectivity for its customers,” said Mr. Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding, North Asia Pacific. “Today’s launch of our direct LCL services reflects our continued confidence in the Chinese market and also deepens our position as the reliable and trusted partner for Chinese businesses.”

Mr. Edward Hui, Managing Director, DHL Global Forwarding, Hong Kong, Macau and South China, said, “Today’s challenging business environment calls for greater productivity and cost efficiencies. Using our in-house system, our direct LCL services also reduce the risk of damage, loss and other contingencies, resulting in enhanced security for customers’ shipments while reducing the overall CO2 emissions.”

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 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.

Mr. Clas Thorell, Head of LCL Management Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding, said, “With the introduction of the two new direct LCL services from Shenzhen to the Nordics, DHL now operates 150 LCL services between Asia Pacific and Europe. 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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