DHL Global Forwarding strengthens business in China

As the first foreign operator in the world, Deutsche Post subsidiary DHL Global Forwarding has been given the right to transport airfreight shipments within China with immediate effect. Heiner Siegmund reports. As a precondition, the China Air Transport Association (CATA) granted a number of licenses to the forwarder in order to manage domestic cargo flows […]


As the first foreign operator in the world, Deutsche Post subsidiary DHL Global Forwarding has been given the right to transport airfreight shipments within China with immediate effect. Heiner Siegmund reports.

As a precondition, the China Air Transport Association (CATA) granted a number of licenses to the forwarder in order to manage domestic cargo flows between 17 Chinese cities. Among them are Beijing, Guangzhou, Wuhan and Xiamen, to name just a few.

"We are following a settlement trend that is moving from the east coast to the country’s interior," said Peter Landsiedel (53), CEO Asia/Pacific of DHL Global Forwarding.

This move has been under way for some time and is expected to intensify in the future ¨C partially as a consequence of Beijing’s direct support of it. This means strategically that DHL Global Forwarding will already be on the spot when the next wave of producers will arrive; be it the telecommunication industry, automotive suppliers or manufacturers of consumer goods.

Said Landsiedel: "DHL Global Forwarding Domestic Airfreight is a strategic tool for us to expand further westwards into second and third tier cities in China, enabling DHL to work more closely with our customers in the hinterland."