Press Release

TNT Express Celebrates 25 Years on the Roads of Europe

Publish Date : 26 September 2003 at 08:00 CET - Leading business-to-business express delivery company TNT Express is today celebrating a notable milestone - the 25th birthday of its European Road Network (‘ERN').

Headquartered at the TNT Express International Road Hub in Arnhem, The Netherlands, the ERN is the most extensive road delivery network in Europe. It enables TNT Express to provide the fastest daily by road door to door customs cleared express delivery transit times throughout Europe with a current on-time departure performance of 99.2%.

When the ERN was first launched in 1978 it served six countries and this number has increased five fold during its 25 year history. In the last 10 years alone, TNT Express has doubled the number of countries served by the ERN which now connects 550 depots in 31 countries through ten major hubs in Benelux, France, Germany, Italy, UK, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Eastern Europe, Northern Europe. There are also plans to increase the capacity to serve a further two countries by road by the end of 2004. The 1,600 vehicles in the linehaul fleet perform 10,000 Europe-wide trunk movements and travel approximately 6.3 million kilometres every week.

Christian Drenthen, Managing Director Worldwide Networks said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the 25th birthday of the ERN which continues to go from strength to strength. Whilst our competitors rely on alliances and partnerships to serve customers by road in Europe, TNT customers know that we provide a faster and more reliable service because our fleet, personnel and IT resources are all kept within our own control, which means that their consignments never leave our hands until they are delivered. We look forward to the next 25 years of developing new routes that will help our customers penetrate more new markets.”

The TNT Express International Road Hub was opened in October 1998 and is within a two hour drive of the TNT Express European Air Express Hub at Liége in Belgium. Both the hubs lie within the Amsterdam-Paris-Frankfurt triangle which is one of the most industrialised areas in Europe enabling the company to reach two thirds of its European customers within four hours.

Page publication date: 26 September 2003 at 08:00 CET