DHL initiates North American cross-border programme
DHL has announced a new programme that will streamline cross-border shipping in North America. Specifically, the DHL North America Trade Lane initiative will expedite cross-border shipments, saving time and money for U.S., Canadian and Mexican companies participating in the $8.8 billion cross-border express and ground parcel shipping market in North America.
The programme includes enhancements to DHL's facilities, fleet and other infrastructure, including new International Gateways and expanded "Border Operating Centers" (BOCs).
During the first five years of the new initiative, DHL's launch of several expanded Border Operations Centers will facilitate customer shipping across the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders. These BOCs will streamline cross-border service in express and ground parcel shipping within North America. The DHL BOCs will feature advanced technology inspection equipment, fast-track customs clearance systems, and specially trained staff.
To serve the U.S.-Mexico trade route early in 2007, DHL will launch BOCs located in Tijuana, Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa and Matamoros, Mexico—with companion U.S. locations across the border. DHL will also expand US-Canada cross-border operations to facilitate expedited northbound and southbound shipments.
"The industry has typically routed U.S.-to-Mexico shipments through slower and more costly processes, often trucking or flying shipments to locations far from the border for clearance, leading to costly delays for shipments into Northern Mexico," said Lindsay Birley, DHL Executive Vice President of International Products and Services.