DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, today announces the launch of its new Less than Container Load (LCL) Expedited services connecting 19 European origins to the United States. Through Danmar Lines, DHL Global Forwarding’s in-house carrier, the new service combines LCL ocean and Less than Truck Load (LTL) truck service providing another option for businesses to deliver their product faster to U.S. markets and is a good cost alternative in a competitive transportation environment.
LCL Expedited shipments will arrive in New York from all major ports in Eastern and Western Europe. Upon arrival and availability, freight is expedited in exclusive trucks direct to the customer’s door within three to four business days depending upon destination. Traditional LCL ocean services could take anywhere from 5 to over 16 days longer, to destinations within the United States upon arrival in New York. This new service provides an all-inclusive per kilo rate from origin to the door with the exception of customs brokerage and duty fees.
The launch of these new services is similar in concept to the highly successful LCL expedited service from Asia launched in November 2007. The LCL Expedited Asia service has grown in scope and now covers all major ports in Asia as well as two ports in India, from its initial launch in Hong Kong and Shanghai less than three years ago.
With the advantage of cost lower than air freight, shorter lead time than traditional ocean freight, and an extensive network, the expedited solution has its competitive edge on the market for customers seeking for better a combination of cost and lead time for their logistics needs.
“Our ability to continually expand our service portfolio underlines our commitment to offer best-in-class solutions for customers,” said Tara Caputo, Director LCL Services North America, DHL Global Forwarding. “In the highly competitive business landscape, companies are faced with the challenge of responding faster to market and customer demands. Our direct LCL services offer cost-efficient solutions that meet customers’ needs, and support healthy trade to the U.S.”
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. With our strong in-house LCL network, expertise and capabilities, we have consistently maintained our leading position in the region and globally. As a global leader in LCL, DHL carries more than 97 percent of its total volumes in house. The in-house systems and strong global network enables the control of cargo flow, information flow, speed, accuracy, cost efficiency and reliability.
DHL’s launch of this new expedited LCL services to the U.S. is part of its on-going enhancements of its overall LCL service capabilities. Customers will greatly benefit from the shorter transit times and reliable and seamless door-to-door service complete with full track and trace capabilities.
1 LCL services refer to smaller amounts of ocean freight cargo that are insufficient to fill a Full Container Load (FCL). The service is widely used by customers across many industries as it offers the flexibility of shipping smaller quantities in a timely manner.
2 European origins: Antwerp, Belgium; Barcelona, Spain; Bremen, Germany; Basel, Switzerland; Budapest, Hungary; Copenhagen, Denmark; Dublin, Ireland; Gothenburg, Sweden; Hamburg, Germany; Helsinki, Finland; Istanbul, Turkey; Lodz, Poland; Le Havre, France; London, U.K.; Milan, Italy; Oporto, Portugal; Oslo, Norway; Rotterdam, Netherlands; and Vienna, Austria.
3 LTL services refer to smaller amounts of freight that are insufficient to fill a Full Truck Load (FTL). LTL describes the practice of co-loading smaller shipments with other smaller shipments going to the same destination or in the same route. The service is widely used by customers across many industries as it offers the flexibility of shipping smaller quantities in a timely manner.
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