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Transport hub for Europe


Germany is the largest market in terms of turnover and has DHL Freight’s densest network. Its central location, good infrastructure and high export quotas make Germany a land of logistics and an important hub for both east-west as well as north-south traffic. Most EU countries can be reached particularly quickly from here. That is why DHL Freight’s network in Germany is also by far the largest in the company. Between Neumünster in the north and Unterschleissheim near Munich, DHL Freight has 71 different locations and transports more than 45 million tons annually. Roughly 4,000 employees ensure that DHL Freight can serve 1,150 domestic and international direct connections every day. The logistics provider provides a 48-hour service (E2E) for many European destinations: for example, from Nuremberg to Hungary, Sweden and Finland or France. And for some routes in neighboring countries, DHL Freight can even provide a 24-hour service.

Far more than transport

The spectrum of logistics services goes far beyond mere transportation. It includes Europe-wide general and groupage cargo including express transport, partial and full loads, intermodal transports, procurement and distribution logistics, global trade fair and food logistics, customs services, and special transports of temperature-sensitive or very high-quality products. For example, DHL Trade Fairs & Events (TFE) transported the organ for the Elbe Philharmonic Hall from the Bonn organ builder to Hamburg. 4,812 pipes – the biggest being ten meters long and the smallest only one centimeter – and a total of 25 tons, consisting of many thousand individual parts, had to be transported to the target destination while being protected from vibration.

Focusing on the customer

Bernhard Wirth, CEO DHL Freight Germany & Austria [Photo: DHL]
Bernhard Wirth, CEO DHL Freight Germany & Austria [Photo: DHL]

“Our customers should receive the best possible service from us. That is achievable only with a strong network", says Bernhard Wirth, CEO of DHL Freight Germany & Austria. And that is what DHL Freight provides a good platform for – in combination with the activities of the express, parcel and supply chain organizations. “The close cooperation with our partners makes it possible for us to provide quality and service, for example through our Active Tracing Tool and our DHL Freight Eurapid product, which our competitors can’t match”, explains Wirth. As of July 1st for example, the Europe-wide premium service DHL Freight Eurapid, i.e. the day-definite transport of general cargo, will be offered with its own code and label.

For a better climate

The implementation of the climate protection target (the Group announced in early March that it plans to reduce emissions by logistical services to zero by 2050) is also on the agenda. This applies to own activities as well as those of transport partners. “We will continue working towards saving fuel and energy”, explains Bernhard Wirth. CO2 efficiency is set to rise roughly by a further 30 percent by 2025, while the proportion of green solutions is set to make up more than 50 percent by then.

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