DHL Global Forwarding launches round the world air freight service

Thanks to perceived volatility and limited capacity in the air freight market, DHL Global Forwarding has launched a new air freight charter that connects Asia Pacific to Europe and the US for technology, manufacturing, life sciences and healthcare customers.

The round-the-world service is managed by DHL Global Forwarding’s in-house StarBroker. It runs twice weekly and starts in Chongqing, China and heads to Amsterdam, then Chicago before flying to Incheon in South Korea before returning to Chongqing.

Thomas Mack, Global Head of Air Freight DHL Global Forwarding said, “While some passenger airlines have resumed operations, the situation in the air freight market remains volatile especially as belly capacity is still tight As the leader in the air freight market, DHL Global Forwarding’s top priority is to provide our customers with sufficient and reliable air freight capacity. Not only are the resilient, agile and reliable supply chains of highest importance for an economic recovery, but also in preparation for the availability of vaccines and other essential medical supplies during the pandemic.”

Thanks to the pandemic the world is changing. In 2019 China, the Netherlands and US were among the top ten importers and exporters of medical goods. China has now exported 28.5% more medical devices above average in the first five months of the year, and South Korea has seen a growth of 26.7%.

“Over the years, DHL has built up its expertise from globally certified facilities and staff to technologies that track shipments in real-time in addition to ensuring the integrity of such products throughout their journey. Getting the much-needed air capacity is the last piece in the value chain puzzle, so to speak, that ensures temperature sensitive products such as life-saving vaccines reach the communities-in-need,” added Mack.