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TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

DHL opens new freight route in Australia, New Zealand

There has been a massive growth in shipment volumes in the region.

DHL Express has started operating a new overnight direct freighter service connecting Melbourne, Auckland, and Christchurch amidst growing demand for time-definite international services.

Operating five services a week, the dedicated freighter will ensure a faster connection between the cities by providing a further 19 tons of freight capacity for businesses trading between the two countries.

The company said they have seen a massive growth in shipment volumes going in and out of the region, as they 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 Express Asia Pacific chief executive officer Ken Lee said.

The service bolsters DHL's existing trans-Tasman express delivery capabilities, supporting the upgraded Auckland to Sydney Boeing 767-300F freighter service launched in 2018.

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