Press Release

TNT launches Moscow-Liege service

Publish Date : 17 May 2010 at 09:00 CET - Amsterdam – TNT Express today launches a five day per week air cargo service linking Moscow and its main European hub Liege, via Warsaw. The new route, operated by a B737-300 providing 16 tonnes of capacity, will secure and speed up the expedition of time-critical shipments to and from Russia. Examples include automotive parts, clinical supplies and biological samples, such as blood and human tissues.

The strategic air connection with Moscow will particularly strengthen TNT's service to the healthcare industry. In 2009, the Russian pharmaceutical market grew by 18% in value to US$17 billion and may increase by a further 11% in 2010, according to market research firm DSM Group. Russia is becoming an increasingly bigger market for pharmaceutical companies, due to the size of the population, the government's drug reimbursement program, and the increase in drug consumption. Temperature-sensitive biological samples already account for a large proportion of TNT's shipments out of Russia.

“TNT is moving more and more clinical samples out of Russia. Using our own scheduled air service will simplify and guarantee the uplift of these time-sensitive shipments.” says Mirko Mueller, TNT's Global Industry Director Healthcare. “This gives us 100 percent control over the cold chain from origin to destination.”

TNT has expanded its presence in the Russian market in recent years with new domestic and international services, including dedicated services for the clinical trials market. These comprise a clinical trials co-ordination centre desk in Moscow, special vehicles to collect and deliver temperature-controlled shipments, and expedited customs clearance. In March 2010, TNT started connecting Western Europe with Yekaterinburg, the largest city in the Urals (1,667 km east of Moscow) with 1.3 million inhabitants. TNT's European Road Network also connects Moscow, St Petersburg and Nizhniy Novgorod. TNT has 800 employees, 13 depots and 35 offices in Russia.

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 keeps optimising its global network performance. TNT serves more than 200 countries and employs about 160,000 people. Over 2009, TNT reported €10.4 billion in revenues and an operating income of €648 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 2009 TNT again reached the highest score of all companies included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. More information about TNT can be found on its website .

Page publication date: 17 May 2010 at 09:00 CET