Bangalore, Karnataka, India -- DHL, the world’s leading express and logistics company, is expanding its business within the SAARC region with an integrated product portfolio that will bolster transportation and trade between SAARC nations. DHL is the first logistics player to foray into this key SAARC segment and plans to service the estimated €120 million Express market share in the region.

Malcolm Monteiro, Senior VP & Area Director, South Asia, DHL Express, said, “As a trade facilitator and a leader in the logistics business, we believe in the business potential within the SAARC region. With increasing logistics spends, it is only prudent that trade lanes be further developed.”

“India, with an annual trade growth rate of nearly 22% in SAARC region exceeds the world growth rate which grew 18.6% during FY01-FY05. This underscores India’s potential to be a significant player in the region” he added.

DHL through Blue Dart has also started a new surface line service called ‘Road Express’ which is offered exclusively within India – Bangladesh trade lane. This service was used during the Cricket Tri – Series, where broadcasting equipment was transported to both Bangladesh and Pakistan.

DHL also recently launched a premium guaranteed money back service - Express 10:30 to Pakistan, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh. This service ensures that the shipment reaches customers before 10:30 a.m.

These unique packages allow you to choose your destination, mode of delivery and delivery date with products like Express Worldwide DOC and Express Worldwide NDOC, fastest international door-to-to door delivery of documents and parcels respectively. These products offer better cost management and are beneficial to customers who are looking at expanding into newer markets.

DHL with its set of innovative logistics solutions will help achieve quicker transit times, better customer service through online track and trace, one invoice, door-to-door delivery and special SAARC zone pricing. These services use DHL’s enhanced infrastructural support to gain direct connections to key SAARC countries – Pakistan, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh.

It has been observed that trade can considerably increase once trade barriers are lifted. According to the AT Kearney study in 2007, with implementation of NAFTA, ASEAN & EU in 2003, trade grew by 44%, 49% & 63% respectively since implementation. With increasing oil prices and global financial volatility, the focus is fast shifting from globalisation to regionalization. In this context developing trade lanes and improving the inter-connectivity by air, land and sea amongst the SAARC countries is of great importance.

During the last few years, DHL Express has made substantial investments of over USD 300 million towards the development and upgradation of its network infrastructure including 5 gateways in Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata. Over 150 retail outlets give DHL unmatched reach and accessibility. A state of the art, Quality Control Center, and large shipment-processing areas aim at providing seamless express and logistics service solutions to Indian exporters.

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DHL India offers customers comprehensive logistics solutions through their four business units: DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding, DHL Exel Supply Chain and Blue Dart. Through the four business units, customers have access to tailor-made end to end solutions in express, air and ocean freight, supply chain solutions and customs clearance. With investments in world class service centres, biggest retail presence, gateways and warehouses, DHL services more than 50,000 customers across India.

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