TNT flies freight to new heights

Freight services to boost revenues in Southeast Asia

Amsterdam, (PresseBox) - TNT Express announces the launch of its range of freight services for time-sensitive heavy shipments in Southeast Asia. Available now [1], a selection of three bespoke services - Express Freight, Economy Freight and Freight Plus - will offer customers a door-to-door, day-definite delivery service based on specified transit times schedules, fast tracked customs clearance and full track-and-trace visibility.

The move forms part of the company's €100 million investment over the next five years to build a leadership position in the region, a strategy which it announced in April this year. This launch is also the first in a series of initiatives to further expand TNT's network capabilities in Asia, leveraging on the seamless connectivity offered by its extensive road and air networks [2]. These networks provide customers with the widest range of multimodal freight services between Southeast Asia and Europe, China and Europe and within Southeast Asia.

Onno Boots, regional managing director, TNT Southeast Asia said, "With over 18 years of experience in Asia, we have built a freight service that is fast, reliable and cost effective. Compared to traditional freight forwarding, our upfront all-inclusive pricing together with our limited administrative requirements provide customers with greater transparency and increased control over their time-sensitive export and import shipments."

Based on studies undertaken of regional market needs, TNT expects the take up rate of these services to be high. The large demand is mainly driven by customers in the high-tech, equipment and machinery and healthcare sectors that are increasingly moving large volumes of high-value goods between Southeast Asia, China and Europe. Through its global customer base in these sectors, TNT has developed extensive sector knowledge which can now be leveraged in Southeast Asia. Correspondingly, TNT's integrated road and air services are set to be a main business driver for the company over the next five years.

The TNT advantage
Added Onno, "When it comes to moving freight around the world, TNT's competitive advantage lies in our ability to act as a one-stop-shop with solutions to meet all requirements, regardless of what our customers are shipping. With TNT's streamlined global operations, customers also enjoy the same high level of service around the clock in every country."

As the market leader with the biggest air and road express delivery infrastructure in Europe, TNT offers a best-in-class service that is both fast and cost effective. TNT's recent acquisition of Hoau in China [3], as well as an extensive knowledge of Chinese customs requirements, coupled with the recent re-routing of TNT's Boeing 747-400 ER Freighter with thrice weekly freighter service between Singapore, Shanghai and Europe, ensures TNT has unrivalled connectivity between Southeast Asia, China and European air and road networks.

With these new capabilities in Southeast Asia, TNT's customers will benefit from an integrated, comprehensive global network without any reliance on third party organisations. TNT's expertise in managing all required paperwork and trans-border regulatory matters means that customers experience a true door-to-door service.

[1] The three services are available in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, with other Southeast Asian markets implementing selected services by the end of the third quarter of 2008.

[2] This will largely involve TNT's unique and continuously expanding Asia Road Network which links Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and China by road and enables deliveries up to three times faster than sea freight for significantly less than air freight.

[3] TNT, through its acquisition of Hoau provides it with the largest private road transportation network in China with an infrastructure of 2,000 vehicles, 56 domestic hubs and 1,250 depots, effectively reaching more than 400 major and medium-sized cities in the country.

TNT's three bespoke freight services:

Express Freight
Fast door-to-door delivery before the end of business on the next or earliest possible business day.
- Pick-up today before end of business, for guaranteed delivery the next or earliest possible business day
- Delivery to more than 200 countries worldwide
- For freight shipments up to 500kg
- Available as export and import service

Economy Freight
Economical, day-definite, door-to-door delivery for less urgent freight to most destinations worldwide.
- Pick-up today before end of business, for guaranteed delivery on a specified date within 2-5 working days
- Delivery to more than 200 countries
- For freight shipments up to 1500kg
- Available as export and import service

Freight Plus
The flexible solution for freight shipments that require special handling or delivery options tailored to meet you or your client's needs.
- Tailored pickup and delivery times
- No size or weight limits
- Delivery to Door or Delivery to Airport
- Special handling including dangerous goods and temperature control
- Choice of road and air services

TNT Express GmbH

TNT N.V. bietet geschäftlichen und privaten Kunden weltweit ein breit gefächertes Spektrum an Dienstleistungen für den Post- und Expressversand. Von seinem Geschäftssitz in den Niederlanden aus betreibt das Unternehmen effiziente Netzwerk-Infrastrukturen in Europa und Asien, die kontinuierlich erweitert werden, um deren Leistung zu maximieren. TNT ist in mehr als 200 Ländern aktiv und beschäftigt ca. 161.500 Mitarbeiter. Im Geschäftsjahr 2007 belief sich der Umsatz des Unternehmens auf EUR 11 Milliarden und das operative Ergebnis (EBIT) auf EUR 1.192 Millionen. TNT N.V. ist an der Börse in Amsterdam notiert. TNT ist sich der gesellschaftlichen Verantwortung des Unternehmens bewusst und hat darum Partnerschaften mit dem World Food Programme und dem Umweltprogramm der Vereinten Nationen gegründet, um einen Beitrag im Kampf gegen den Hunger in der Welt und zum Umweltschutz zu leisten.

Weitere Informationen zu TNT finden Sie auf der Website des Unternehmens http://group.tnt.com

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