19 March 2014

DHL launches Taiwan-to-Austria freight service for less than a container load

DHL Global Forwarding has launched a new weekly LCL (Less-than-Container-Load)* service from Taiwan to Austria. The new service, which arrives in Vienna via Koper, Slovenia, enables Taiwanese exporters to ship their cargo every Monday from Keelung or Kaohsiung, for arrival in Vienna 35 days after.

"It is imperative that as a company, DHL Global Forwarding has its finger on the pulse of the industry and can identify the needs of exporters. Specifically we must focus on helping to strengthen cross-border trade partnerships. With the Eastern Europe states expanding their appetite for Asian products, this new service supports the needs of Taiwanese traders to perform more efficient and speedy services to their customers there," said Kelvin Leung, CEO, Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding.

Offered through Danmar Lines, DHL Global Forwarding's in-house carrier, the new service drastically shortens shipping time by 8 days, close to 25%, as it bypasses LCL trans-shipment hubs and reduces time spent on facility handling. The service is also over 3% more CO2-efficient than traditional routings.
"Taiwan exports are reaching farther and wider than ever before and Austria is an important trading partner of Taiwan and a key gateway to Central and Eastern Europe. According to the Bureau of Foreign Trade, plastic articles, electrical equipment and machinery account for nearly 50% of our overall exports," said Kenny Mok, Managing Director, Taiwan, DHL Global Forwarding. 

"We realise that Taiwan-based traders want to extend their product footprint and supply chains to the Eastern Europe markets of Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Macedonia. With our latest LCL service launch, we are fulfilling their demand for faster speed-to-market services to that region."
"Following well-established weekly LCL services from Taiwan to Germany, France, UK, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Sweden, Finland and Lithuania, this new service marks the most recent European route that DHL Global Forwarding has launched out of the Asia Pacific. DHL currently operates the world's largest in-house LCL network with more than 2,000,000 cubic metres of LCL freight handled annually and more than 2,500 weekly point pairs from 45 Asia Pacific terminals sailing to 56 destination terminals in Europe," added Marc Meier, Global Head, LCL, DHL Global Forwarding.

All LCL services are accompanied by DHL's IT solutions, including DHL Track & Trace, which allow full visibility throughout the whole supply chain. DHL also provides insurance services to customers as a value-added service. DHL's Shippers Interest Insurance (SII) covers loss or damage of all cargo transported by DHL, as well as transportation costs.

DHL carries more than 97% of its total volumes in-house. The in-house systems and strong global network enables the control of cargo and information flow, increasing speed, accuracy, cost efficiency and reliability. The DHL team manages traditional LCL as well as LCL/FCL** or 'buyer's consolidation', offering localised expertise ensuring timely, secure and cost-effective services at both ends of the supply chain.
*Less than Container Load (LCL) refers to smaller amounts of ocean freight cargo that are insufficient to fill a Full Container Load on their 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.
**Full container load (FCL)