DHL launches first direct LCL service connecting China and Pakistan

Karachi: DHL announced launch of its direct Less than Container Load (LCL) service from Shanghai to Karachi, making it first direct LCL service to connect China and Pakistan.

The new direct weekly LCL service, operated by Danmar Lines, in-house carrier of DHL Global Forwarding, reduces transit time by seven days to 18 days, and will help China-based exporters better tap into growing business opportunities in Pakistan as China strengthens trade ties with its North Asian neighbour. In addition to shipments arriving earlier, new service reduces CO2 emissions by approximately 7.0%.

China and Pakistan signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in November 2006 which projected to triple bilateral trade to US$15.0 billion by 2015. In 2010, trade volume between China and Pakistan had already doubled from 2005 levels, and exceeded US$8.6 billion, a high 27.7% growth compared with 2009.

Nestled between China, India & Middle East, Pakistan is in one of world’s fastest growing regions and is an important trade route. Multiple trade, transport, energy corridors between Pakistan & China connect the region to South, West & Central Asia.

With existing road, rail and air links, new direct sea freight service between Shanghai and Karachi will add even greater scope to this expanding trade relation between two countries. Shorter distances and reduced facility handling also make LCL shipments to Pakistan more CO2 efficient than standard shipments. Additionally, launching this new direct LCL service will help further enhance competitiveness of Shanghai in international shipping market.

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