FedEx Express has launched a new dedicated flight four times per week between Sydney, Australia, and Singapore in response to customer demand for increased capacity, particularly for heavyweight shipments.
The express and logistics giant says customers in Singapore and Australia will benefit from the increased capacity and reliability to transport retail freight, healthcare (cool chain), perishables, and lithium ion battery shipments between both markets.
Additionally, customers in Sydney, Australia now enjoy a 3-hour cut-off time improvement for outbound shipments to Singapore and Malaysia from Tuesday to Friday. With cut-off timings now closer to Close-of-Business (COB) hours, customers in Australia can easily schedule a last-minute request more readily than before.
The new service is part of the company’s continued investment to strengthen its operational network and help businesses in Asia Pacific expand internationally, FedEx says.
“FedEx has launched this new flight to and from Sydney to give Australian businesses better access to global possibilities,” said Karen Reddington, president, Asia Pacific, FedEx Express.
“We are seeing increasing inflows and outflows of goods and services worldwide to and from Australia, as we are across the rest of the Asia Pacific region. This new flight shows our continued commitment to adjusting our network and strengthening our operations to help local business go global with the solutions that meet customers’ needs.”
Australia’s exports in FY16-17 reached a total of AUD 373.2 billion according to Austrade, demonstrating the potential of the nation’s export market. Australia’s trade with ASEAN nations as well as APEC members has also seen a steady growth in the last five years.
Research conducted by FedEx earlier this year revealed that the reputation of Australian-made products was a key reason for success when it came to overseas demand. Brand Australia is highly regarded among SMEs, which is important for the continued economic success of the country.
The new flight provides additional offerings of FedEx International Priority Freight and International Economy Freight services for import shipments into Australia originating from Singapore, Southern China, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. It will also allow customers to leverage the FedEx International Priority DirectDistribution service for import shipments into Australia originating from Vietnam and Indonesia.
To meet the dynamic needs of its customers, FedEx continually adjusts its network and routings in Asia Pacific. In July, FedEx announced a new route connecting Hanoi, Vietnam and the FedEx Asia Pacific Hub in Guangzhou, China. In January, FedEx officially opened its Shanghai International Express and Cargo Hub, the second international hub in China.