DHL launches new ocean freight links to Africa

  • Further expansion of Less Than Container Load network from Bremen to Ghana, Kenya and South Africa
  • Energy, automotive and manufacturing industry benefit from the new services

Bonn, 09/01/2011, 10:00 AM CEST

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Movement of goods between Germany and Africa is on the upswing.

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within the Deutsche Post DHL group, has established three new ocean freight links to the African continent. Delivery times for Less Than Container Load (LCL) shipments on the three connections between Bremen and Tema (Ghana), Cape Town (South Africa) and Mombasa (Kenya) have dropped from 31 to 25 days, respectively from 33 to 31 days and from 49 to 45 days. This service not only ensures faster transport of goods to Africa up to one week, it also enables CO2-savings of up to 10%.

“Movement of goods between Germany and Africa is on the upswing. We note a growing demand among our customers for transports to these emerging countries. Our LCL services take account of this demand,” says Volker Oesau, CEO DHL Global Forwarding Middle Europe.

The world’s largest transport network for ocean freight LCL

Companies from the energy, automotive and manufacturing industry in particular benefit in addition to the existing Full Container Load services from the expansion of the LCL network to three important new destinations in Africa. With relatively strong business activities in these countries, there is high demand among companies in these segments for transport solutions for smaller freight shipments.

DHL Global Forwarding is constantly expanding its LCL network, which currently comprises 45,000 international line operations and nearly 2,000,000 cubic meters of consolidated partial loads per year. In the function of a “Non Vessel Operating Common Carrier” (NVOCC) – that is a logistics company operating as an ocean carrier without possessing its own fleet – DHL provides the world’s largest transport network for ocean freight LCL with fixed departure and delivery time-tables. As a result, customers are guaranteed full and uninterrupted supply chain management, covering pickup services at source, consolidation and deconsolidation, delivery to the destination, monitoring as well as customs procedures.

 

 

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