DHL Express Taiwan celebrates 40 years, unveils new freighter
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China Post
July 5, 2013, 12:10 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- DHL Express Taiwan yesterday announced the addition of a new B767-300 freighter aircraft to its fleet to help link Taipei with new routes going to Nagoya, Japan and Incheon, South Korea.
The world-renowned logistics firm is celebrating its 40th anniversary in Taiwan this year.
DHL Express was the first international express company to enter the Taiwanese market in 1973 and has remained a market leader in Taiwan over the past four decades, said DHL Express Taiwan Operations Senior Director Nick Chen.
The newly announced flight connects to a daily direct overnight service between Nagoya and DHL's Global Hub in Cincinnati, U.S, and will help strengthen regional connectivity as well as give major service benefits for customers on the key trade lanes between Asia and the Americas, said DHL Express Taiwan.
Customers in Taiwan will be able to enjoy up to one day of improvement in transit time when they ship to the U.S., Canada and Latin America, said the firm.
CHEE Yaw Chek, General Manager of DHL Express Taiwan, said, "With the introduction of the new flights, 90 percent of our customers can look forward to later shipment handover times when shipping to the U.S. We are extending cutoff time for pick-ups of U.S.-bound shipments by up to four fours in the metropolitan areas.
"We believe our customers will welcome these changes since this provides our enterprise and SME customers with more service flexibility and more direct flight options, thus bringing greater efficiency and enabling them to capture growing cross-border trading opportunities."
According to Ministry of Finance statistics, Taiwan's export volume has grown by 22 percent over the past five years, and now accounts for a larger portion of GDP than it used to.
Experts have pointed out that the main driver behind Taiwan's export growth is trade with other Asian countries.
The new triangular route between Taiwan, Japan and South Korea will seamlessly connect Taiwan with other countries in the Asia-Pacific region, the company added.
CHEE, Chen and Lyndon Morgan, Vice President of Service Quality at DHL Express Asia Pacific, yesterday also sat down for an in-depth interview with The China Post. The interview will be published separately on the local business page in the Monday, July 8 edition.