DHL sees record perishables growth down under

Despite the global economic crisis, DHL Global Forwarding (DHL GF) in Australia has registered growth in its substantial perishable airfreight business for the first five months of this year as a result of a combination of factors. Wong Joon Sanreports. First quarter figures this year show DHL Global Forwarding has handled well over 25 per […]


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Despite the global economic crisis, DHL Global Forwarding (DHL GF) in Australia has registered growth in its substantial perishable airfreight business for the first five months of this year as a result of a combination of factors. Wong Joon Sanreports.

First quarter figures this year show DHL Global Forwarding has handled well over 25 per cent more tonnage than the same period last year. In 2008, DHL GF handled thousands of tonnes per month of perishable airfreight exports, representing a four per cent increase versus the previous year.

The main reasons for such significant growth have been two fold in the view of DHL GF, manager South Pacific Perishables & Livestock, Mike O’Neil.“Some exporters and importers ran down their inventories to maximise theircash position after the credit crunch hitlast year…and consumer demand didn’tshrink as much as predicted so thatcurrent volumes reflect some catch up.

“As well, our exchange rate position improved at the same time as seasonal and weather conditions in some regions and products improved also, resulting in a surge in some product areas,” he added.

No. 1 in Australia
DHL GF was listed as number one in Australia in relation to total International Air Transport Association (IATA) sales – including perishables and general airfreight – with A$78.5 million (US$62.17 million) in sales for 2007, said O’Neil, who has worked in the airfreight perishables business for 33 years, including 22 with DHL.