Press Release

TNT starts the only scheduled road services between China and Southeast Asia

Publish Date : 4 July 2008 at 08:45 CET - Amsterdam, Guangzhou, Singapore, TNT, the global express company, today announces the start of the only scheduled road services between China and five countries of Southeast Asia, using its Asia Road Network. From China, international road services to Southeast Asia will first be available from the South of the country. In a second step, TNT will link the Asia Road Network to its Chinese domestic network to offer customers seamless road connections from many parts of China to Southeast Asia.

The Asia Road Network connects to TNT's international express network at Nanning, the capital of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province.

Introduced at the end of 2005, TNT's Asia Road Network is a fast, reliable, and secure integrated road network linking China with over 125 cities across 5,000 km in Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Laos. It features fully inclusive secure, door-to-door, day-definite distribution service with complete track and trace capabilities, supported by a 24/7 real-time GPS tracking system. The trucks depart on schedule like trains, leaving to arrive at one of TNT's hubs and depots, in time for parcels to be unloaded, sorted, and shipped out again or delivered locally.

'China is a very important market for TNT's strategic growth in the region; similarly, the Chinese market is also integral to many of our regional and global clients. This extension in China is driven by customer demand. Being customer focused is at the centre of how TNT approaches business. Our customers want reliable, cost effective, and secure transportation solutions and this unique service is exactly that,' says Marie-Christine Lombard, Group Managing Director of TNT's Express division.

The extension of TNT's Asia Road Network into China is timely as regional trade is expected to thrive. Under the impending China-ASEAN Free Trade Area to be set up with six ASEAN countries in 2010, the estimated bilateral trade volume between China and ASEAN will reach US$250 billion, up from US$160 billion in 2006 . With the Asia Road Network, TNT is well positioned to offer businesses in the two fast-growing regions with secure, time-definite, and cost-effective delivery services, and in turn, facilitate the growing trade and business flows in the region.

Michael Drake, Managing Director of TNT Greater China: “Our road service provides more choice to customers shipping to and from China. It is up to three times faster than sea freight and up to 30% cheaper than air freight. That is a winning formula in times of high fuel prices,”

Due to China's geographical proximity and close business links, Vietnam, in particular, will benefit from TNT's completed Asia Road Network. As Vietnam's economy continues to grow, bilateral trade volume between both countries is on the increase and offers strong business opportunities for TNT.

TNT's Asia Road Network draws on TNT's 35-years experience in managing Europe's most extensive road network. Across Europe, TNT has about 750 trucks on international routes every day, connecting a total of 101 hubs and international depots in 35 countries. By exporting this innovative network approach to Asia, the TNT Asia Road Network will serve as a strategic initiative to further strengthen TNT's leadership position in China and the rest of Asia.

About TNT
TNT provides businesses and consumers worldwide with an extensive range of services for their mail and express delivery needs. Headquartered in the Netherlands, TNT offers efficient network infrastructures in Europe and Asia and is expanding operations worldwide to maximise its network performance. TNT serves more than 200 countries and employs around 161,500 people. Over 2007, TNT reported €11 billion in revenues and an operating income of €1,192 million. TNT is publicly listed on the stock exchange of Amsterdam. TNT recognises its social responsibility and has formed partnerships with the United Nations World Food Programme and the United Nations Environmental Programme to fight hunger and pollution in the world.

Page publication date: 4 July 2008 at 08:45 CET