DHL Express’s new freighter caters for growing Transtasman trade volumes

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DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, has upgraded to a larger freight plane – a Boeing 767-300 – for the Transtasman trade lane (AKL-SYD-AKL).

This will replace the current Boeing 757 freighter.

NZ country manager Mark Foy says that with 67% more freight capacity per flight, DHL Express is able to better support Kiwi businesses operating in and out of New Zealand.

“Export volume from New Zealand to Australia has seen a steady growth – it recorded a 40% year-on-year growth increase between May 2017 and May 2018, within the DHL Express network,” Foy said.

“The increased freight capacity will be able to handle further volume growth, as innovative Kiwi businesses continue to tap into the Transtasman marketplace and reach Australian customers like never before.”

With a capacity of up to 55 tonnes per flight, the aircraft provides substantial freight space on the Transtasman route between Auckland to Sydney. With more than 483 cubic meter of cargo space available, the new Boeing 767-300 can carry 22 tonnes more than the current 757 plane.

“Auckland PR/activations/digital agency Darkhorse will be advertising the new service.”

Foy said: “The increasing demand for air freight capabilities in the DHL Express network across the Tasman is fuelled by growth in industries such as electronics, agricultural, fashion, engineering, manufacturing and e-commerce, with e-commerce shipments to Australia growing at a staggering 46%

“E-commerce activity to Australia grew at a 46% increase last year, with major commodities being fashion apparel and textile, with emerging commodity; health supplements.

“The ExportNZ DHL export barometer in 2017 showed that Transtasman trade continues to dominate exports with almost 80% of exporters trading with Australia. These results also coincided with the latest Goods & Service trade report that indicated Australia as a top export destination in March.

Foy said Kiwi consumers are increasingly shopping online and looking for ways to shop quickly, conveniently, with reliable shipping to have their purchases instantly.

“The dedicated DHL Express freighter offers five overnight delivery services from Auckland to Sydney weekly from Mondays to Thursdays, and on Saturdays, meaning New Zealand exporters can expect to have their goods in Australia overnight, to better compete with Australian companies,” Foy said.

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Foy said the company was consulting its Auckland PR/activations/digital agency Darkhorse about advertising the new service.

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