Wednesday, January 26, 2011

DHL Commence New Less Container Load (LCL) Freight Services

Germany Targeted for Chinese Traffic
Shipping News Feature

GERMANY – CHINA – In the past year, DHL has launched 25 services from Asia to key cities around the world and today the global logistics provider and freight forwarder has announced a new service to satisfy customer requirements. The new direct Less than Container Load (LCL) services will connect the ports of Dalian and Shanghai, China to Hamburg, Germany. Bilateral trade volume between the two countries totalled almost $129 billion in 2009 and China has become first largest import partner of Germany and the eighth largest export partner.

Operated by Danmar Lines, DHL's in-house carrier, these new direct LCL services will enable shipments to arrive early with the new direct twice-a-week service from Shanghai to Hamburg offering increased options while exporters using DHL's new direct LCL services from Dalian to Hamburg will see their shipments' transit time reduced by 6 days. Shipments arriving in Hamburg can then be further delivered to an additional 7 destinations in Germany including Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart through DHL's inland network.

DHL point out that the shorter transit times make for less pollution and for example improve carbon efficiency by 5.7 percent for the Dalian-Hamburg service. Dalian and Shanghai rank very highly amongst Asian ports with Shanghai handling over 29 million TEU in the past year while Dalian port handled 5.24 million TEU, an increase of 16.3 percent and 15 percent respectively.

DHL currently operates the world's largest LCL shipping network with close to 2 million cubic metres of LCL freight handled annually via 45,000 point-pairs. As a global leader in LCL, DHL carries more than 97 percent of its total volumes in house. Steve Huang, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding China said today:

"Bringing these new direct LCL services from China enables us to provide more options for businesses in China to deliver their products to Germany and in the meantime, strengthen our overall capacity of LCL services. It will also help further enhance the competitiveness of Shanghai and Dalian ports in the international shipping market.”