DHL Express strengthens trans-Tasman airfreight capacity with new service connecting Australia and New Zealand

November 24, 2020 - 07:02
DHL Express strengthens trans-Tasman airfreight capacity with new service connecting Australia and New Zealand

  • The dedicated route will connect Melbourne to Auckland andChristchurch five nights a week, providing a faster delivery and more efficientshipment collection time for Australian and New Zealand businesses
  • New service launch follows 49% growth in Melbourne-New Zealandshipment volumes in the past year

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 24 November 2020 - DHL Express, the world's leading express service provider has commencedoperation of a new overnight direct freighter service connecting Melbourne, Aucklandand Christchurch. The dedicated service will provide a faster connectionbetween the cities amid growing demand for time definite internationalservices.

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, thededicated freighter will provide a further 19 tons of freight capacity for businessestrading between the two countries. New Zealand is Australia's third largestmajor export destination after China and the United States, accounting for 7.6%of total state exports.[1]


"In the past six months, DHL Express hasseen a massive growth in shipment volumes going in and out of the Oceaniaregion. We have increased the number of dedicated flights to and from Australiafrom 10 per week before the pandemic, to around 30 regular services now. As wemove closer to a vaccine for Covid-19, we are confident that the region'seconomy will bounce back stronger than before and this new dedicated servicebetween Australia and New Zealand will provide much needed capacity toaccelerate the recovery," said Ken Lee, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific.


Providing the express industry's fastest deliverytime for shipments, Australian and New Zealand businesses will benefit from areliable shipment transit time of just one day. Furthermore, the service claimsthe industry's best shipment collection time, allowing businesses to book intheir shipments for courier pick-up later in the business day. For example, thecut-off time for shipment collection in the Melbourne CBD area is 6.00pm, whichis an hour later than the current market offering.


"We are pleased to launch this newdedicated 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 greaterefficiencies by reducing supply chain costs and easing traditional barriers tomarket entry for small businesses, such as the need for in-country warehousingand distribution centres. In the 12 months to date, we've experienced Melbourneto New Zealand shipment volumes grow at a rate of 49% and this servicereaffirms our commitment to supporting trade across the Tasman," Gary Edstein,CEO and Senior Vice President, DHL Express Oceania said.


"The VictorianGovernment welcomes DHL Express' commitment to this new service which willstrengthen the connection between Victorian and New Zealand businesses. Thisnew dedicated route will support business growth across the state, with fasterdelivery and more efficient freight times for trans-Tasman trade," VictorianMinister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula said.


The service further bolsters DHL's existingtrans-Tasman express delivery capabilities, supporting the upgraded Auckland toSydney Boeing 767-300F freighter service launched in 2018.


DHL's latest trans-Tasman investment follows the AU$20 million (€14million) infrastructure upgrade to the company's Melbourne Gateway facility in2015, the NZ$15.3 million (€9.9 million) upgrade to its Auckland Gatewayfacility in 2016, and the NZ$1.73 million (€1.045 million) investment on thenew Auckland Service Centre in 2019.


[1] Australian Government, Australia's Trade by State and Territory2018-19, p.32, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

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