DHL starts New York/Durban LCL service
DHL said Thursday it has started a weekly direct less-than-containerload service from New York City to Durban.
The service is aimed at helping U.S. customers interested in breaking into the African market with the option of transporting small amounts of cargo directly rather than via Europe, DHL said.
'Through this service, customers will be able to target Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and Pretoria in South Africa; Gaborone in Botswana, Maputo, Beira and Nacala in Mozambique; Harare in Zimbabwe; Lusaka in Zambia; Port Louis in Mauritius; Maseru in Lesotho; Manzini in Swaziland; Luderitz and Walvis Bay in Namibia; Luanda and Cabinda in Angola; and Matadi in Democratic Republic of Congo,' the company said.
DHL cited International Trade Administration figures showing first quarter U.S. exports to Sub-Saharan Africa increased 30 percent.
The main commodities handled at Durban, the largest port in the southern hemisphere, are corn, metals, minerals, and oil and petroleum products.