Press Release

TNT launches first-to-market South American integrated road network

Publish Date : 3 June 2009 at 08:30 CET - Amsterdam, TNT, one of the world's leading providers of express and mail delivery services, today announces the launch of the first-to-market and only integrated road network across South America, linking the “ABC” countries, Argentina, Brazil and Chile.

TNT's South America Road Network (SARN) is a fast, reliable, and secure integrated road network linking over 30 cities across 3,000 kilometers in three countries. SARN leverages the company's domestic capabilities in Chile and Brazil following the acquisition of LIT Cargo in February 2009 and Expresso Araçatuba last April. With the creation of the SARN, TNT fulfills its ambition to become the inter-regional leader with an unparalleled road network.

TNT's SARN features an inclusive, secure, door-to-door, day-definite distribution service with expedited customs clearance options. The network offers full track and trace capabilities, supported by a 24/7 real-time Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) tracking system on all vehicles. This allows for utmost visibility, cargo security and customer service pro-activity. SARN's structure is designed to offer daily departure from all major cities, thereby supporting the shortest transit times and providing the market with the fastest service in the region.

“TNT has been able to spread its presence in Brazil and Chile successfully, with outposts in neighbouring countries. Time has come to connect the dots. We offer our customers years of experience in running international road networks as a cost-efficient alternative to air transport. The SARN is the backbone of our strategy in South America, a key market for TNT,” says Marie-Christine Lombard, Group Managing Director, TNT Express.

“With TNT's South American Road Network, customers in the region now have more choices for their cross-border and inter-regional shipping. The SARN allows them to select a reliable door-to-door service with unrivaled transit time at a cheaper cost than air express,” says Curtis Watson, South America Managing Director. “In the current economic times, SARN will provide the market with a much needed cost effective solution.”

TNT's South America Road Network strengthens the company's core capability and expertise of managing extensive road networks in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. As a one of a kind regional network, TNT's SARN will serve as a strategic initiative to consolidate TNT's leadership position in South America.

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 more than 163,000 people. Over 2008, TNT reported €11.1 billion in revenues and an operating income of €982 million. TNT is officially quoted on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. TNT recognises its social responsibility and has formed partnerships with the United Nations World Food Programme and the United Nations Environment Programme to fight hunger and pollution in the world. Our efforts are being recognised: in 2008, TNT again reached the highest score of all companies included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and in the Carbon Disclosure Project in the carbon intensive sector.

Page publication date: 3 June 2009 at 08:30 CET