DHL starts direct LCL services from Shenzhen
DHL announced the launch Wednesday of its newest direct less-than-containerload services connecting China's Shenzhen to the European ports of Hamburg, Genoa, Southampton, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Le Havre, and Canada's Port of Vancouver.
With the introduction of these weekly guaranteed services, DHL said Chinese exporters, particularly small and mid-size firms, can now ship cargo directly from the Shenzhen port to Europe and North America, instead of routing it through Hong Kong. The result is reduced transit times and more efficiency, the company said.
DHL said shippers from Japan and South Korea may also take advantage of the service by shipping through Shenzhen.
For shippers that use the LCL service, DHL provides pickup at origin, consolidation and deconsolidation, delivery at destination and customs clearance, and track and trace of cargo in transit.
'Today's launch of new LCL services reflects our continued confidence in the China market and also deepens our commitment to being a reliable and trusted partner for Chinese businesses,' said Kelvin Leung, chief executive officer of DHL Global Forwarding in North Asia Pacific.
These new services join the company's increasing menu of direct services launched for the China market. In Shanghai, for example, exporters can use DHL's direct LCL service to Pusan, Dubai, Chennai, Nhava Sheva, Istanbul, Basel, Helsingborg and Dusseldorf. Direct LCL services are also available in other Chinese shipping hubs such as Qingdao, Tianjin and Ningbo.