Freight News, Road

DHL road taps into single Asian market

[ August 14, 2015   //   ]

DHL Global Forwarding has rolled out an integrated road freight network linking five key Asian cities – Singapore, Penang, Bangkok, Hanoi and Shenzhen. Delivered under DHL AsiaConnect’s Less-than-Truckload (LTL) banner, it offers daily departures and a consistent level of service. DHL AsiaConnect was launched in 2011 connecting Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand and now links to the existing Vietnam-China connection.

Typical transit times include one day from Singapore to Penang or five days from Shenzhen to Bangkok. The latter compares with 13 days by sea and is only one day slower than by air while costing significantly less, says DHL. DHL’s road freight network features GPS-equipped trucks for safety and tracking and are armed with anti-hijacking tools. They are constantly in touch with DHL’s Command Center, should the need arise.

DHL is introducing the service at a time when China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative is taking shape and expected to strengthen cross-border economic ties in markets between Europe and Asia. The land-based Silk Road Economic Belt aims to enhance trade links across the markets between Europe and Asia.

At the same time, the ASEAN Economic Community single market is due to be established by the end of this year.