Thursday, April 22, 2010

DHL Expands Secure Road Haulage Service

High Value Goods Protection To Extend Throughout Europe
Shipping News Feature

EUROPE – DHL have announced that with immediate effect they are offering shippers of high-value products and other valuable goods a secure transportation solution for Europe-wide road transportation of freight. In future, the new DHL High Value service will expand the current high-value transportation service offerings by extending the required security standards to less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments.

The new service offering means that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as major corporate clients now have the option of theft-proof overland transport for high-value shipments weighing up to 2,500 kg.

According to the European Union, businesses incur damages in the order of 8 billion Euros every year due to theft from their shipments. Thomas George CEO, DHL Freight, explains why the company is expanding its high-value services: "We expect that the demands for the transport of high-value products in terms of security, transparency and pro-active information management will continue to increase."

DHL’s High Value service had been available in Germany, Hungary and the Netherlands for some time, but up to now it only comprised FTL or LTL shipments for specific clients. In the next few months, it will become a standard service offering for LTL shipments and will be made available across Europe in a step-by-step approach.

Initial coverage will cover a total of 10 countries. In addition to Germany, Hungary and the Netherlands, it will include Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland and the UK, with full coverage of all European countries envisaged for 2012.

The new security standards comprise security measures with regard to the equipment of vehicles, such as mobile radio communication devices, as well as terminals monitored by CCTV and goods stored in security cages. In addition, trailers are sealed prior to departure and can even be optionally equipped with GPS for permanent tracking.

Specially trained terminal staff and drivers and a dedicated customer service are used for the High Value service, and drivers have set secured areas for breaks and stops, further protecting clients high value cargoes.