Press Release

TNT opens scheduled road connection to Ukraine

Publish Date : 11 March 2008 at 09:00 CET - Amsterdam, TNT Express becomes the first express integrator to open an international road connection to Ukraine to handle growing shipping volumes to and from one of Europe's fastest-growing economies.

Connecting TNT's industry leading Express Road Network in Europe and Ukraine's largest overnight network, the new route will link Ukraine's major economic centres, such as Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk and Odessa, to Europe and the rest of the world via Kiev and TNT's road hub in Warsaw, Poland. With this move, more businesses can benefit from TNT's market-leading Economy Express service. This on demand, day-definite door to door service with full track-and-trace functionality is particularly interesting for exporters and importers who require an economical, secure and sufficiently fast express service for parcel and freight shipments weighing up to 1,000 kg (palletised).

“This extension is part of TNT's strategy to strengthen our number one position in the international intra-European express market (B2B), where we have a 26 percent market share, and to capture growth from emerging markets, such as Eastern Europe”, says Jan Willem Breen, Marketing & Sales Director of TNT Express.

Ukraine has achieved a 7.4 percent annual economic growth during 2000-06*, fuelled by increased international trade, strong investment growth, and booming private consumption. It is a market of 48 million people with rising incomes and in close proximity to the European Union. The country was invited to join the World Trade Organization on 5th February 2008. The majority of Ukrainian exports are marketed to the European Union and CIS.

*OECD, Economic Assessment of Ukraine, 2007, 4 September 2007

Built up over 35 years, TNT's Express Road Network (ERN) connects 16 road hubs and 415 depots in 34 European countries. Every week, 750 trucks move about 640,000 documents, parcels and pieces of freight, driving the equivalent of 56 times around the world. The ERN's main international road hub is located in the Dutch town of Duiven.

About TNT's express division
TNT's express division is one of the world's leading business to business express delivery services providers. It delivers 4.4 million parcels, documents and pieces of freight a week to over 200 countries using its network of over 2,331 depots, hubs and sorting centers. The division operates over 26,760 road vehicles and 47 aircraft and has the biggest door-to-door air and road express delivery infrastructure in Europe.

TNT's express division employs over 75,000 staff worldwide. It is the first organisation to have achieved global recognition as an Investor in People. The division reported revenue of €6.5 billion in 2007. The operating income was €599 million, up 7% compared to 2006. Visit the TNT express division online:

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