Deutsche Post DHL, one of the world’s leading mail and logistics services groups, has launched a new all-cargo freighter service between Taipei, Nagoya in Japan and the South Korean capital, Seoul, aiming to boost the company’s express service in Asia.
The service started late last month and will connect to a daily direct overnight service between Nagoya and DHL’s global hub in Cincinnati, Ohio, bringing benefits for customers on the key trade routes between Asia and the US.
“We remain relatively optimistic about trading momentum between Taiwan and the US, following economic recovery in the US,” DHL Express general manager in Taiwan Chee Yaw-chek (朱耀杰) told a media briefing yesterday.
Chee said the growth momentum in the global express service last year has returned to a level last seen in 2008, with high-technology products still the major driver for Taiwan’s express cargo market.
That prompted the company to invest in a new route from Taiwan using a Boeing 767-300 cargo aircraft, which can save on average 9 percent in fuel costs and offers a capacity of 55 tonnes, Chee added.
The new service allows greater flexibility and capacity, with up to four hours of cut-off time extension on shipments from Taiwan to the US, Chee said, adding that local small and medium-sized enterprises may be the major beneficiaries.
DHL Express has two aircraft in Taiwan, with approximately 14 commercial flights per day.
In related news, Evergreen Marine Corp (長榮海運), the nation’s largest container shipping firm in terms of fleet size, is to adjust port rotations on its route between Asia and Australia.
The container shipper plans to start sailing from Yokohama in Japan from Aug. 4.
Evergreen Marine jointly operates the route with Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line), Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd — known as K Line — as well as China’s Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL, 東方海外貨櫃航運).
Evergreen Marine is also adding a new Sino Australia Service (SAS) from Aug. 4 through a slot charter arrangement with China’s COSCO Container Lines Co Ltd (中遠集裝箱運輸), an indication that the firm sees strong trading demand between Asia and Australia.