DHL Freight has added a new service from Malta to France to its Coldchain business, which delivers temperature-controlled goods for the life sciences industry.
The network now covers more than 30 countries across Europe, with the latest service being provided in co-operation with Maltese company Express Trailers.
Thomas George, CEO of DHL Freight, said: “With this network expansion, we now also provide our Coldchain service, which is exactly tailored to the needs of the life science industry, in more remote destinations in Europe.
“This enables us to offer even more flexibility to the continuously growing number of customers who have a demand for temperature-controlled services.”
The new service means customers in Malta, Russia and Turkey are able to dispatch temperature-sensitive products via overland transport.
DHL Coldchain is designed for the scheduled, European-wide transport of up to 20 pallets of less-than-truck-load shipments, with around 500 vehicles available for service delivery.
The temperature of the goods is measured continuously and transferred immediately during transport.
Two other temperature-regulated hubs have already been launched this year in London and Milan, with more hubs planned to follow in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia by 2010.
The entire network is run centrally from Basle where DHL Freight operates a multi-lingual centre for customers within the sector.