DHL cuts up to 75pc off transit times via Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge

-A Monitor Report01 May, 2019 | 1168 Views|-+
Hong Kong : DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services, recently announced a road freight service along the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB), featuring the world's longest undersea bridge tunnel system that connects the West Pearl River Delta manufacturing zones in mainland China with Hong Kong's core air and ocean freight hubs.

The 24/7 route links Zhuhai -- Guangdong province's manufacturing hub -- with Hong Kong in just two hours, compared with the previous eight-hour journey via Humen Bridge. The new service operates from Hong Kong International Airport and its surrounding ports to allow for more frequent flights and sailings, thereby supporting global exports of technological equipment, garments and electronics components from China to the rest of the world.

"The previous 200-kilometre route is now reduced to a mere 80 kilometers, allowing for greater flexibility in pick-ups and more stable transit times to support just-in-time manufacturing in the Delta," said Steve Huang, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding China. "Our customers will benefit from a more efficient, reliable and cost-saving route for the import and export of goods, particularly for finished or semi-finished products made out of materials sourced from all over the world."

Offering full-truckload and less-than-truckload shipments, the solution incorporates warehousing services to consolidate worldwide import of raw materials to a single point, as well as distribute exports of finished goods from single to multiple points. Doing so reduces the number of individual transactions, customs fees, costs and overall delivery time of both inbound and outbound cargos for Chinese manufacturers.

Open to the public since October 2018, the 55-kilometre HZMB undersea bridge tunnel system is the longest sea and fixed crossing in the world. Previously, land transport over the Pearl River Delta was only possible via a detour along the Humen Bridge, with water transportation proving to be time-consuming and vulnerable to weather conditions.

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