DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, today announced the launch of its direct Less than Container Load (LCL) service from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Montreal, Canada. The new direct service will greatly enhance the company’s strong presence in both Canada and Sri Lanka where Canada-based customers will benefit from an expanded DHL service portfolio and access to Sri Lanka’s vast natural resources in a secure and efficient manner.
DHL’s latest LCL service offering from Sri Lanka to Canada will serve to bolster the significant trade volumes between Canada and Sri Lanka – bilateral trade between the two countries amounted to CAD$450 billion in 2009. Canada and Sri Lanka have a long history of bilateral trade relations. Among Sri Lanka’s top exports to Canada were apparel and clothing accessories, tires and tea, while top imports included dried leguminous vegetables, muslin and wheat.
Operated by Danmar Lines, DHL Global Forwarding’s in-house carrier, the new service from Colombo will facilitate trading activities with Canada and benefit business enterprises with the shorter transit time of 23 days from South Asia. The direct service can reduce the risk of damage, loss and other contingencies, resulting in enhanced security for customers’ shipments.
“Connecting Canada to more markets in South Asia helps us to expand our global footprint and offer more to customers in the way of cost effective and reliable transportation solutions. We work with customers to better understand their supply chain demands, so that when we see a need to offer our services on key lanes such as this one, we are best positioned to leverage our network to deliver,” said Tara Caputo, Director LCL Services North America, DHL Global Forwarding.
“Our ability to offer customers expanded services on key tradelanes like Colombo to Montreal affirms our commitment to delivering solutions that customers are requesting,” said Donna Letterio, CEO of Canada for DHL Global Forwarding. “The more opportunities that we create for Canadians to reach South Asia and vice versa, the faster goods can be delivered, thus further facilitating trade.”
DHL currently operates the world’s largest LCL network with close to 2,000,000 cubic meters of LCL freight handled annually via 45,000 point pairs within the DHL in-house system.
1 Less than Container Load (LCL) refers to smaller amounts of ocean freight cargo that are insufficient to fill a Full Container Load (FCL) on its own. The service is widely used by customers across many industries as it offers greater flexibility in the management of supply chains by being able to ship smaller quantities on a timelier basis.
2 Statistics Canada
DHL Global Forwarding, Americas
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