Monday, September 6, 2010

DHL To Handle Logistics For Rugby World Cup

Company to Service New Zealand Tournament
Shipping News Feature

NEW ZEALAND – GERMANY – DHL and the world’s rugby authorities confirmed today that the company are the chosen logistics providers for the forthcoming Rugby Union World Cup which opens on 9th September 2011. Responsibilities will include not only the basic freight movements of kit and equipment but the essential and difficult task of ticket distribution worldwide.

DHL anticipate their own trucks will drive around 30,000 kilometres during the course of the tournament delivering the 200 or so shipments of team equipment, each between 2 to 6 tonnes, from assorted training grounds to playing venues dotted about the two islands that make up the country. DHL will be responsible for ticket distribution as well as all Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL)/International Rugby Board's (IRB) express shipments and international and domestic freight movements.

DHL Express Chief Executive Officer Ken Allen said:

"We are proud to be the global logistics partner of the Rugby World Cup. DHL has a heritage of supporting Rugby, among others the British and Irish Lions Series. This game is about passion, teamwork and a can-do-spirit and those are characteristics that can be attributed to DHL Express as well."

Bernard Lapasset, Chairman of Rugby World Cup Limited, commented:

"The appointment of a globally renowned brand and a world leader in the logistics industry further underscores Rugby World Cup's considerable global prestige and appeal. We look forward to working with DHL over the next 12 months to further the promotion of the game around the world as the sporting community looks forward to another memorable and exciting tournament."