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DHL expands service to new African destinations

DHLs SEAIR solution combines both air freight and ocean freight services. (Image source: Ack Ook/Flickr)

DHL Global Forwarding has boosted its Asia-Africa trade lane growth by expanding its ocean freight and air freight services to eight new destinations in Africa

The DHL SeAir solution will be expanded to Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire), Brazzaville (Congo), Kinshasa (DR Congo), Dakar (Senegal), Luanda (Angola), Douala (Cameroon), Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) and Pointe Noir (Congo-Brazzaville).

DHL said that by combining the use of ocean and air freight services through DHL SeAir, the company would allow customers to manage their supply chains more cost-effectively.

On average, the DHL SeAir service will be 30 to 50 per cent faster than pure ocean freight, with cost savings of 40 to 60 per cent compared to standard air freight, the company claimed.

DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific CEO, Kelvin Leung, said, “Trade between Asia and Africa rose more than 400 per cent in the past decade from 2001 through 2010. The accelerating rate of Asian trade and investment in Africa holds great promise for Africa’s economic growth and development.

“With 41 points of origin in Asia now connecting to as many as 26 destinations in Africa via DHL’s SeAir product, DHL will offer more than 1,000 point pairs across the two continents as well as tailor-made solutions on request.”