- The dedicated route will connect Melbourne to Auckland and
Christchurch five nights a week, providing a faster delivery and more efficient
shipment collection time for Australian and New Zealand businesses
- New service launch follows 49% growth in Melbourne-New Zealand
shipment volumes in the past year
SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 24 November 2020 - DHL Express, the world's leading express service provider has commenced
operation of a new overnight direct freighter service connecting Melbourne, Auckland
and Christchurch. The dedicated service will provide a faster connection
between the cities amid growing demand for time definite international
DHL Express has commenced operation of a new overnight direct freighter service connecting Melbourne, Auckland and Christchurch, five nights a week.
Operating five services a week, the
dedicated freighter will provide a further 19 tons of freight capacity for businesses
trading between the two countries. New Zealand is Australia's third largest
major export destination after China and the United States, accounting for 7.6%
of total state exports.
"In the past six months, DHL Express has
seen a massive growth in shipment volumes going in and out of the Oceania
region. We have increased the number of dedicated flights to and from Australia
from 10 per week before the pandemic, to around 30 regular services now. As we
move closer to a vaccine for Covid-19, we are confident that the region's
economy will bounce back stronger than before and this new dedicated service
between Australia and New Zealand will provide much needed capacity to
accelerate the recovery," said Ken Lee, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific.
Providing the express industry's fastest delivery
time for shipments, Australian and New Zealand businesses will benefit from a
reliable shipment transit time of just one day. Furthermore, the service claims
the industry's best shipment collection time, allowing businesses to book in
their shipments for courier pick-up later in the business day. For example, the
cut-off time for shipment collection in the Melbourne CBD area is 6.00pm, which
is an hour later than the current market offering.
"We are pleased to launch this new
dedicated freighter service to further connect Australian and New Zealand businesses.
With its reliable and fast transit time, the service will bring the two countries closer together and enable greater
efficiencies by reducing supply chain costs and easing traditional barriers to
market entry for small businesses, such as the need for in-country warehousing
and distribution centres. In the 12 months to date, we've experienced Melbourne
to New Zealand shipment volumes grow at a rate of 49% and this service
reaffirms our commitment to supporting trade across the Tasman," Gary Edstein,
CEO and Senior Vice President, DHL Express Oceania said.
Government welcomes DHL Express' commitment to this new service which will
strengthen the connection between Victorian and New Zealand businesses. This
new dedicated route will support business growth across the state, with faster
delivery and more efficient freight times for trans-Tasman trade," Victorian
Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula said.
The service further bolsters DHL's existing
trans-Tasman express delivery capabilities, supporting the upgraded Auckland to
Sydney Boeing 767-300F freighter service launched in 2018.
DHL's latest trans-Tasman investment follows the AU$20 million (€14
million) infrastructure upgrade to the company's Melbourne Gateway facility in
2015, the NZ$15.3 million (€9.9 million) upgrade to its Auckland Gateway
facility in 2016, and the NZ$1.73 million (€1.045 million) investment on the
new Auckland Service Centre in 2019.
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