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DHL strengthens LCL offerings between China and Turkey

Launches new direct LCL services from Shanghai to Izmir and Ningbo to Istanbul

Singapore, 11 October 2010: DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, has enhanced its connectivity and transit times between China and Turkey with the launch of two Less than Container Load[1] (LCL) services – Shanghai to Izmir and Ningbo to Istanbul. With cargo shipped directly from China to Turkey instead of being routed via Hong Kong, customers can now expect their shipments to arrive in Izmir and Istanbul within 25 days and 27 days respectively, with time savings of up to 5 days.

Kelvin Leung, CEO, North Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding, said, “The two new direct LCL services, boosted by our existing direct LCL services between China and Turkey, offer our customers greater flexibility and cost-efficient solutions in these growing markets. Istanbul is one of the most important industrial and economic cities and the biggest port in Turkey, with Izmir in second spot. We have recorded consistent growth in the China-Turkey trade lane and our robust LCL network will spur continued growth in both regions.”

The launch of the new services will benefit customers with business between China and Turkey, especially small and medium enterprises. According to the figures from Ministry of Commerce of China, China-Turkey trade volume in 2000 was USD1 billion, and by the end of 2008, this figure had grown twelve-fold to reach USD12.57 billion. For the first five months of 2010, trade between China and Turkey totaled USD7.06 billion, up 46.3% year on year. Exports from China to Turkey are valued at USD6.17 billion for the same period, up 39.5% year on year. Indeed, China has become the 16th biggest export market and 2nd biggest import source for Turkey[2].

Steve Huang, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding, China, said, “Today’s launch of our new direct LCL service is part of DHL’s on-going plans to expand our self-operated, weekly guaranteed, LCL services in China. With the close proximity from both Shanghai and Ningbo port to the Yangtze River Delta Area, the launch of the new direct LCL services from Shanghai to Izmir and Ningbo to Istanbul offers customer more convenience and benefits, especially the small and medium enterprises in the Yangtze River Delta Area.”

Clas Thorell, Head of LCL Management Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding, added, “With more than 900 weekly point pairs from 24 North Pacific terminals sailing to 38 destinations in Emerging Markets, the Shanghai-Izmir and Ningbo-Istanbul direct LCL services will further enhance our connectivity within the extensive global network and reinforce our market-leading position with unrivalled coverage.”

Danmar Lines, DHL Global Forwarding’s in-house carrier, operates the new weekly direct LCL services. As a global leader in LCL, DHL carries more than 97% of its total volumes in-house. 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.


[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] Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China Country Report (
59 Piccadilly Manchester M1 2AQ
Telephone: +44 (0)161 408 0542
Fax: +44 (0)870 432 1732

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