DHL has launched a direct weekly LCL weekly service from Hong Kong to Guatemala in Central America.
The move comes in response to growing trade volumes from Asia Pacific as well as Hong Kong to Guatemala. According to the International Trade Statistics Report 2009 issued by the World Trade Organisation, trade from Asia to Central and South America in 2008 amounted to US$127.3 billion, 2.9 per cent of total trade flows in the region’s total merchandise exports.
The new service reduces transit time to within 27 days from Hong Kong to Guatemala. The launch of the route is an addition to DHL’s existing direct LCL services from Hong Kong to Central and South America – Hong Kong to Paranagua, Brazil launched late last year.
Kelvin Leung, chief executive of DHL Global Forwarding, North Asia Pacific, said: “A number of prominent trends are affecting the freight forwarding industry – globalisation of the supply chain, shortening of product lifecycles and low inventory. In the face of these trends, our customers are sourcing for the most cost effective yet reliable freight forwarding solution for their own customers’ needs. The link from Hong Kong to Guatemala enhances our existing robust LCL global portfolio and service network.”