Logistics firm DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight division of Deutsche Post DHL, has launched two new services connecting India with Sweden for exports and with the UK for imports.

“These are strategic countries catering to a large segment of trade with India. The new direct LCL (Less than Container Load) services reduce transit time and total carbon emissions, efficiently bringing wider business opportunities to India-based customers and Indian SMEs,” a company release said.

LCL refers to smaller amounts of ocean freight cargo that are insufficient to fill a Full Container Load (FCL) on its own. The service is widely used by customers across many industries as it offers greater flexibility in the management of supply chains by being able to ship smaller quantities on a timelier basis.

By offering reduced transit time of 25 days from Nhava Sheva to Gothenburg, DHL becomes one of the few consolidators from India to reach the Scandinavian destination directly.

“The launch of DHL’s new LCL services from India are strategically planned to meet the growth of foreign trade amidst the rising global demand for such services,” Thomas Tieber, CEO, South Asia, DHL Global Forwarding CEO (South Asia), said.

The UK and India have been strategic trade partners for centuries with both countries showing a keen interest to increase the trade outlay.

With the introduction of this direct service, DHL will offer a reduced transit time of 27 days from UK to Nhava Sheva and thereby cater swiftly to customers located in West and North of India.

amitmitra@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on August 27, 2012)
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