Thursday, July 28, 2011

DHL Adds New Direct LCL China-to-Pacific Northwest Service

DHL, a Plantation, Fla.-based American arm of German logistics giant DHL International, has announced the launch of a direct Less than Container Load (LCL) all-water service from Shanghai to Seattle.

The new transpac service, according to DHL, seeks to enhance DHL’s abilities to offer cost-effective solutions to Chinese businesses seeking to extend their footprint into U.S. markets.

“By adding this additional direct service from Asia to the northwest region of the US, DHL continues to strengthen its overall portfolio of LCL services to customers who are looking for more direct routes with more flexibility,” DHL said in a statement.

Operated by Danmar Lines, the new direct weekly LCL service will cover freight moving from Mainland China to Seattle and Portland on the United States West Coast. DHL asserts that new service can cut the overall transit time between China and the U.S. by four days. According to the firm, cargo shipped directly from Shanghai to Seattle can arrive in the U.S. within 12 days.

“Most of the freight arriving on the West Coast comes into the Port of Los Angeles [and the Port of Long Beach], so by DHL offering a direct service into Seattle, we are not only providing customer’s shorter transit times but also lessening the carbon footprint,” director of LCL for DHL Global Forwarding North America Tara Caputo said.