DHL launches India-Shanghai LCL service
DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight arm of Deutsche Post DHL, has launched two new weekly services connecting Nhava Sheva and Chennai ports with Shanghai for less-than-container load (LCL) consignments, reported The Hindu.
Less-than-container load cargo is referred to shipments that are insufficient to fill a standard container â€” such parcels are combined and stuffed into a container for export or import.
The new direct services offer substantial saving in transit time, the company said in a statement. It takes 17 days from Nhava Sheva port to Shanghai and 15 days from Chennai to Shanghai, which would especially meet the requirements of the retail and automotive sectors.
"By expanding our service offerings geographically we ensure a timely and controlled delivery of door-to-door services, which include pick up at origin, consolidation and deconsolidation along with Customs clearance," Thomas Tieber, CEO, South Asia, DHL Global Forwarding, said.
The newly introduced LCL services from India will ensure that the cargo reaches the firm's Shanghai warehouse within 72 hours upon the ship's arrival in Shanghai.
Meanwhile, logistics company DHL Express announced a partnership with the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) to assist South African small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with expanding their operations beyond borders, reported Business Day.
SMEs have been pinpointed by the National Development Plan (NDP) as the area of business in which the most jobs can be created.
SA's official unemployment rate for the first quarter of this year was 25.2 percent. Youth unemployment was about 50 percent. Young people have been encouraged in the NDP to make their own jobs.
DHL Express SA commercial director Steve Burd said: "Our partnership with the NSBC is primarily around offering SMEs an extension of their business, making DHL their logistics adviser in export and import, helping them to understand the required documentation and legislation and, effectively, helping them to grow beyond our borders.''
DHL would not offer a special flat promotional rate for all SMEs. It would work with each SME to find a cost proposal that suited their particular business in line with DHL's discount policy.
Burd said SMEs were finding it easier to go global. SMEs are more flexible than large corporates and therefore possess the ability to adapt to changing market demands and supply-chain situations faster than a larger enterprise.
This adaptability is critical for business growth beyond borders, as well as in increasing SMEs' survival rates in a tough global economic climate, he said.
NSBC national operations head TwanÃ© Gouws said it was important for SMEs to recognise it was not always possible to facilitate everything in-house and it was key to recognise when a company should outsource these services to a logistics company. This was why the NSBC chose to partner with DHL.
Source: Cargo Asia News (18.7.2013)
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