DB Schenker has launched Direct Express – Australia, a time-definite, airport-to-airport, scheduled air cargo service from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Sydney, Australia (SYD).
The service utilises B777-300 freighter for service to Sydney, every Monday departing from Chicago. DB Schenker has declined to identify the capacity provider due to what it says are contractual restrictions.
This new service is designed to offer shippers in the US Midwest, the fastest, most reliable air cargo service to Australia with the company saying it is ideally suited for any industry where reliability and speed of delivery are essential to managing their supply chains.
“We are very excited about our new service down under,” says Chad Heller, DB Schenker’s chief commercial officer in the US. “The US is Australia’s third largest trading partner and represents a significant portion of imports to the country.
“A large portion of these imports include the automotive, pharmaceutical and industrial manufacturing industries, many of which are located in the Midwest. With speed-to-market becoming more and more critical, our new Direct Express – Australia service is well positioned to meet this need,” he adds.
The service features a 22:45 Monday departure from ORD resulting in a late cut-off for shipment drop-offs. With a 12:05 Wednesday arrival in Sydney, shipments are Customs cleared with same-day connections for next-day delivery to most major markets in Australia, the global logistics giant says.
Temperature controlled storage operations are also available in both Chicago and Sydney as the company has been ramping up its pharma producct, having achieved Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certification at its Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) facility in Japan – its 27th facility to become GDP certified.
With the ability for block space agreements, shippers can get guaranteed lift during heavy or peak periods of the year and shipments remain under DB Schenker’s single-source control.
DB Schenker also adds that its eSchenker web portal offers shippers 100 per cent shipment visibility from pickup to delivery with the company saying the new service offers a wide range of shipping solutions for heavy and outsized products that can’t be loaded on passenger aircraft, including hazardous goods.