HARARE, Zimbabwe, January 10, 2022 / APO Group / –
DHL Global Forwarding (www.DPDHL.com) was launched in Zimbabwe to extend its presence in Africa. The leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services will provide local and regional businesses within the greater Southern African Development Community (SADC) instant access to global markets.
As a first step, DHL Global Forwarding has established a legal entity that currently employs eight graduate students with an office at 168 Herbert Chitepo Avenue in the Harare CBD. The new entity comprises a complete set of innovative technology solutions and exceptional market knowledge to successfully address the challenges facing the country’s freight and logistics industry. Its main objective is to infuse the industry with international standards synonymous with DHL and show the market the possibilities of conducting business in a compatible way.
The offering also includes DHL’s subsidiary, Saloodo !, a digital road freight platform that connects shippers and transportation providers. The platform maps all transportation processes digitally, including shipment tracking, freight document management, billing, and payment.
Shuvai Mugadza, Country Manager, DHL Global Forwarding Zimbabwe, says: “Zimbabwe is on the cusp of strong economic growth, and we believe our new offering is well-timed to help the country achieve this. Our in-depth knowledge of SADC and other markets on the African continent will be invaluable to our clients as they prepare for global expansion. In the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA), which aims to create the world’s largest free trade area connecting 1.3 billion people in 54 countries, we are confident that with DHL Global Forwarding Zimbabwe, logistics will not will let Africa down. “
Support growing imports and exports
DHL Global Forwarding provides the massive network to move heavy machinery by road, mostly imported from China, Germany and India, for the Zimbabwe mining and manufacturing sectors. The logistics provider’s air cargo services will support the export of perishable goods, currently Zimbabwe’s most important export commodity, as well as tobacco and hemp.
Mugadza continues: “The expansion of DHL’s services in Zimbabwe will also accommodate the global export of agricultural products, a sector driven by the season, as well as gold, the country’s main export mineral. The focus on exports is constantly changing and meeting these demands requires agile logistics partners on the ground, which is where DHL Global Forwarding can add remarkable value. “
Andrew Mutaurwa, CEO of Pulse Surgical Care, comments: “DHL Global Forwarding is our preferred freight and customs clearance partner due to its ability to shorten our purchasing cycle. As a provider of surgical equipment and supplies, we worked closely with them during the COVID-19 pandemic, when air and ocean freight was challenging, but together we successfully helped the healthcare sector save lives. “
Meet future transportation demand
DHL Global Forwarding shares SADC’s vision of a transportation sector that supports dynamic industrial and social development. However, facilitating the solid integration of commercial and socio-economic ties requires an efficient transportation system. Zimbabwe’s central air and road network provides access to the global market through the ports of Durban and Mozambique and, together with the South African road, rail, port and air network, is adequate to meet the current demand of the majority. of the users. However, the pressure on the current capacity of these networks is increasing.
According to SADC figures, traffic from landlocked countries in the region will increase to 50 million tons, almost tripling to 148 million tons by 2040. Port traffic will expand from 92 million tons to 500 million tons by 2027 Seeking to be part of this economic growth and development, DHL Global Forwarding aims to help meet future demand by offering an integrated multimodal logistics solution.
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