DHL Global Forwarding Launches Air Freight Service from China to Africa and Middle East

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DHL Global Forwarding has launched a dedicated 100-ton weekly air freight service for organizations and governments shipping goods from China to Middle East and Africa.

Capitalizing on Dubai’s strategic geographical location as the gateway to countries in the region, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services will consolidate cargo from across China into Guangzhou and air freight them via Dubai to their various destinations across Africa and Middle East, all within two or three days.

“During these challenging times, we are acutely aware of the vital role that freight forwarders play in getting essential goods and medical supplies across geographic borders. UbuntuConnect, named for its connotations of humanity and virtue, will prioritize the shipment of health and medical-related items for aid and relief efforts to Africa, whilst part of the cargo will be slated for countries in the Middle East,” said Steve Huang, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Greater China.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) including facial masks, goggles, coats, hand sanitizers and gloves remain in high demand in some parts of the region. To combat the coronavirus outbreak, the World Health Organization estimates that 89 million medical masks, 76 million examination gloves and 1.6 million goggles are required per month. China is the world’s dominant producer of a variety of medical supplies with a purported daily output of 20 million pieces of medical masks, and has recently implemented measures to ensure the quality of medical supplies before export. According to a foreign ministry spokesperson, China exported 3.86 billion masks, 2.8 million coronavirus test kits, 2.4 million infrared thermometers and 16,000 ventilators.

Steve added, “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt trade flows and supply chains, air freight capacity is also significantly affected by government travel restrictions and grounding of commercial passenger airlines. This guaranteed uplift of 100 tons of goods will ensure that aid relief and medical supplies reach those who need them the most in a region home to 1.6 billion people.”

The service is currently scheduled to run for four weeks from 21 April 2020.