DHL Express commences operations of a new overnight direct freighter service connecting Melbourne, Auckland and Christchurch, five nights a week.
The dedicated service will provide a faster connection between the cities amid growing demand for time-definite international services, according to DHL. The service also further strengthens DHL’s existing trans-Tasman express delivery capabilities, supporting the upgraded Auckland to Sydney B767-300F freighter service launched in 2018.
The dedicated freighter will provide a further 19 tonnes of freight capacity for businesses trading between the two countries. New Zealand is Australia’s third-largest major export destination after China and the US, accounting for 7.6 per cent of total state exports.
“In the past six months, DHL Express has seen a massive growth in shipment volumes going in and out of the Oceania region,” says Ken Lee, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific. “We have increased the number of dedicated flights to and from Australia from 10 per week before the pandemic, to around 30 regular services now.
“As we move closer to a vaccine for Covid-19, we are confident that the region’s economy will bounce back stronger than before and this new dedicated service between Australia and New Zealand will provide much-needed capacity to accelerate the recovery.”
DHL highlights that Australian and New Zealand businesses will benefit from a reliable shipment transit time of just one day. Shipment collection time has been extended as well, allowing businesses to book in their shipments for courier pick-up later in the business day. For example, the cut-off time for shipment collection in the Melbourne CBD area is 6:00 pm, which is an hour later than the current market offering.
“We are pleased to launch this new dedicated freighter service to further connect Australian and New Zealand businesses,” says Gary Edstein, CEO and senior VP, DHL Express Oceania said. He adds that the service will, “enable greater efficiencies by reducing supply chain costs and easing traditional barriers to market entry for small businesses, such as the need for in-country warehousing and distribution centres.”
In the 12 months to date, we’ve experienced Melbourne to New Zealand shipment volumes growing at a rate of 49 per cent and this service reaffirms our commitment to supporting trade across the Tasman,” Edstein says.
DHL’s latest trans-Tasman investment follows the AUD 20 million (EUR 14 million) infrastructure upgrade to the company’s Melbourne Gateway facility in 2015, the NZD 15.3 million (EUR 9.9 million) upgrade to its Auckland Gateway facility in 2016, and the NZD 1.73 million (EUR 1.045 million) investment on the new Auckland Service Centre in 2019.