Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Explosive Growth:

TNT Express initiates Europe-to-India air freighter, after FedEx and DHL expand service.

TNT Express has launched a dedicated 767 freighter service between India and Europe, claiming the added capacity will consolidate the Dutch company’s market leadership in Asia-Europe express deliveries.

The new service will run five times weekly between Delhi and TNT’s European hub at Liege, Belgium, with a stop in Dubai on the return leg to India.

The flights are part of a broad expansion in India by express carriers as the country’s domestic economy has diversified and its role in international trade has grown. FedEx acquired Indian forwarder and parcel carrier AFL this year, and DHL bought domestic cargo carrier Blue Dart Express a couple of years ago.

TNT says its new service, which has a weekly capacity of 210 tons, reflects its commitment to improving connectivity between India and Europe, the country’s largest trading partner. Cargo carriers have also expanded capacity connecting India to China.

“TNT has been recording year-on-year growth of more than 20 percent in India,” said Abhik Mitra, Managing Director of TNT India. “With the frequency of our service, it will now take just one day for shipments to reach Europe from New Delhi.”

In the “fast-moving” world of international air freight, it’s not always easy to stay abreast of all the opportunities – or all the pitfalls.

Kirk Shearer
800-989-0054 x103

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