Press Release

TNT Express expands global reach with market leading service to Somalia

Publish Date : 6 May 2004 at 13:00 CET - TNT Express - the world's leading business to business express carrier – has announced today the introduction of global express and airfreight services into the East African country of Somalia.

TNT is now offering a twice weekly service from its hub in Dubai to the Somali capital Mogadishu, with an airlink connection to Hargeisa in the north of the country. With the introduction of the new services, TNT Express will deliver to more towns and cities in Somalia than any other express operator.

To facilitate operations, TNT has signed an import service agreement with the country's national postal operator, Somal Post. The agreement allows TNT to use the company's postal network to service towns and cities in the south of the region out of Mogadishu and cities in the north out of Hargeisa using its fleet of 19 road vehicles. To ensure consistently high levels of customer service, Somal Post staff are currently undergoing full training at TNT's offices in Dubai.

The newly launched service is currently for imports only, with an export service due to be launched within the coming months.

Sharif Ahmed Sharif, Chairman of Somal Post said: "We are delighted to have formalised this extremely important agreement with TNT. Somalia is in the early stages of recovery from a lengthy civil war and needs a reliable express service to provide vital aid as well as supplies to help with the rebuilding of infrastructure."

"TNT's reputation for providing industry leading express delivery services complements our strong postal infrastructure within Somalia and will help to facilitate the free movement of goods into and within the region. We look forward to seeing the results of what promises to be a very successful partnership agreement."

Tim Steel, Managing Director for TNT's India, Middle East and Africa (IMEA) regional office said: "TNT has a proven reputation for providing fast and reliable services to regions with developing economies, such as Afghanistan and Iraq. Our agreement with Somal Post will help us to expand our global reach and offer customers a market leading service whilst delivering urgently needed goods throughout Somalia."

For further information please contact:

Toby Nelson
TNT Express Account Manager
RJH Public Relations
Tel: +44 20 7491 2291

David Hare
Divisional PR Director
Divisional Head Office
TNT Express
Tel: +44 121 635 5212
Mob: + 44 7836 785 728

Page publication date: 6 May 2004 at 13:00 CET