Press Release

TNT Sets Up New Gateway at Osaka Kansai International Airport

Publish Date : 23 October 2008 at 15:00 CET - Amsterdam/Shanghai - TNT, the global express and mail company, today announced the opening of its new International Gateway at Japan's Osaka Kansai International Airport. The TNT International Gateway in Osaka Kansai will not only strengthen the express service capability of TNT's Northeast Asian International Express Network, it will also shorten the transit time for deliveries into Osaka, from China by one day.

TNT customers will now be able to enjoy the one-stop comprehensive express delivery service between China and Osaka, one of Japan's key manufacturing hubs, in the shortest possible time. Consignments, leaving Shanghai and other Chinese coastal cities, can now be delivered directly to Osaka Kansai. This time saving is crucial for TNT customers mainly in the electronics and apparel/ textile industries, where time critical deliveries remain one of its most important competitive advantages.

“I am really excited about the opening of the TNT International Gateway in Kansai as it will boost our service capabilities to our customers especially those in the electronics and apparel/ textile industries,” said Marie-Christine Lombard, Group Managing Director of TNT's Express division “TNT's expansion in the region continues to be driven by the needs of our customers, which often work under severe time-to-market conditions. By shortening transit times to Kansai by one day, TNT will be best placed to support them in minimizing their time-to-market process. This is definitely a new growth sector for both TNT in China and Japan.”

TNT's operations in Kansai International Airport will place TNT in a good position to facilitate the growing trade and business flows between China and Japan and will provide businesses in these regions with comprehensive, reliable and time-definite delivery services. Since 2007, China has been Japan's biggest trading partner while Japan continues to be one of the top trading partner of China. Based on figures released by the Japanese Finance Ministry in 2007, the two-way trade between China and Japan has shot up 10% to US$214 billion.

At the same time, Vietnam which has been poised as one of Asia's key manufacturing economies and is one of the fastest growing exporting countries to Japan in Asia, will also benefit from the shortened transit times to Osaka Kansai.

About TNT
TNT provides businesses and consumers worldwide with an extensive range of services for their mail and express delivery needs. Headquartered in Amsterdam, TNT offers efficient network infrastructures in Europe and Asia and is expanding operations worldwide to maximize its network performance. TNT serves more than 200 countries and employs more than 161,500 people. Over 2007, TNT reported EUR 11 billion in revenues and an operating income of EUR 1,192 million. TNT is listed on the Amsterdam stock exchange. The company recognizes 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.

TNT Greater China is a business unit of TNT Express, including Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Established in 1988 in China, TNT Mainland China has 26 international express branches and 3 fully-functioned international gateways. Through Tiandi Hoau, TNT's wholly-owned domestic distribution company in China, TNT now operates China's most extensive private domestic road transportation network which consists of 56 domestic hubs serving 1,250 depots that connect over 500 cities in China.

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Page publication date: 23 October 2008 at 15:00 CET