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DHL expands service in sub-Saharan Africa

According to DHL, sub-Saharan Africa was the planet’s least connected continent in 2012. (Image source: Ack Ook/Flickr)

DHL Express has expanded its network of DHL service points from 300 to more than 1,000 in sub-Saharan Africa

The logistics company, which was already present in 52 sub-Saharan Africa markets, has been looking to improve services between markets in Africa and the more than 220 markets that DHL currently serves worldwide.

Charles Brewer, managing director for DHL Express sub-Saharan Africa, said, “In our recent 2012 Global Connectedness Index, which measures the state of globalisation around the world, sub-Saharan Africa remained the globe’s least connected continent.

“The region, however, did average the largest increase from 2010 to 2011 and boasted the top five gainers, Mozambique, Togo, Ghana, Guinea and Zambia. This tells us that there is still a major opportunity to improve connectivity across the continent, and access to logistics services and international markets are both key to this improvement.”

The logistics operator had also identified the need for increased convenience for small to medium enterprises (SMEs), as a recent study by global information and analytics company, IHS, showed that accessibility to international markets was a driver of small business success.

Brewer noted, “The SME sector is growing at an amazing pace and this investment will help to connect African SME’s to the rest of the world.”