Asia by road: DHL extends road network

DHL AsiaConnect was launched in 2011 connecting Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand and now links to the existing Vietnam-China corridor.


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DHL Global Forwarding has rolled out an integrated road freight network that now links five key Asian cities – Singapore, Penang, Bangkok, Hanoi and Shenzhen. DHL AsiaConnect was launched in 2011 connecting Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand and now links to the existing Vietnam-China corridor.

DHL said the new service taps the acceleration of road freight growth in Asia Pacific which is forecast at an anticipated compound annual growth rate of 8.3 per cent from 2014-2019 and expected to drive the sector to a value of US$822 billion by the end of 2019.

Delivered under DHL AsiaConnect’s Less-than-Truckload (LTL) service, the interconnecting five-city service offers a seamless interconnecting delivery service with improved time and cost efficiencies and assures a consistent level of service quality regardless of the destination, according to DHL Forwarding.

Road freight offers a viable alternative to other transportation modes, providing a more cost-effective option than air freight as well as faster shipment than sea freight. While the transit time for ocean freight between Shenzhen and Bangkok takes around 13 days, the road freight option only takes five days. In comparison, air freight takes a shorter transit time of four days but costs significantly more.

Daily departures from five cities offer transit times of between one and six days:
•    Singapore to Penang: One day
•    Bangkok to Hanoi: Three days
•    Shenzhen to Hanoi: Two days
•    Shenzhen to Bangkok: Five days
•    Penang to Shenzhen: Six days