Asia by road: DHL extends road network

“Across the region, the total GDP of all 10 ASEAN countries combined was US$2.4 trillion in 2013 while China’s GDP alone was US$10.3 trillion in 2014. ASEAN’s global trade hit US$2.51 trillion in 2013 and China consistently appears among the top five trade partners for ASEAN members. We are confident that intra-Asia trade will continue […]


“Across the region, the total GDP of all 10 ASEAN countries combined was US$2.4 trillion in 2013 while China’s GDP alone was US$10.3 trillion in 2014.

ASEAN’s global trade hit US$2.51 trillion in 2013 and China consistently appears among the top five trade partners for ASEAN members. We are confident that intra-Asia trade will continue to grow and our road freight network stands ready to support the potential trade expansion from these initiatives,” Leung added.

The five-city interconnecting road freight network comes at a time when China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative is taking shape and expected to strengthen cross-border economic ties in markets between Europe and Asia. Specifically, the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt aims to enhance economic cohesiveness through infrastructure and wider trade links across the markets between Europe and Asia while the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road is oriented towards ASEAN.

Both initiatives put DHL’s integrated five-city road freight network in a prime position to tap the growth potential of the ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategy.

DHL’s integrated road freight network will be advantageous for upcoming economic initiatives promoting trade and integration, having laid the groundwork that already links key Asian markets. For example, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) which is set to be established by the end of 2015, aims to create a single ASEAN market and production base facilitated by bilateral trade agreements and financial policies.