Press Release

TNT starts industry's first dedicated freighter service between Chongqing and Europe

Publish Date : 26 October 2010 at 08:30 CET - Amsterdam – TNT Express today announces a direct scheduled B747 service between Chongqing, a fast-growing high-tech manufacturing center in Western China, and Europe, through TNT's Liege hub. In a first phase the service to Chongqing will operate three times a week. TNT is the first express company to offer dedicated flights between Europe and Chongqing in response to growing demand from the region's high-tech industry.

The Chinese government's “Western China Development Strategy” has boosted the economic development in the region. In the first eight months of 2010, exports from Chongqing rose 62.1% to $4.2 billion. The city's GDP increased by 17.6% in the first half of 2010 to $54.51 billion. The growing manufacturing and trade in Chongqing, largely driven by the high-tech sector, creates huge market opportunities for TNT.

“Chongqing has developed as an important high-tech manufacturing center in Western China. We are pleased to contribute to the high-tech industry's development in the region by providing pioneering international delivery services between Chongqing and Europe,” said Michael Drake, Regional Managing Director, TNT North Asia. “As the first company to provide dedicated freight service to Chongqing, we are well-positioned to seize the growing business opportunity between Western China and Europe by providing our customers with the fastest, most consistent and reliable express services.”

“China is a strategically vital market for TNT globally,” said Michael Drake. “By leveraging our strengths and capability in both international express and domestic road transportation services, we are in a unique market position to offer customers a combined delivery service that can meet both growing export and domestic demand across the country including Western China.”

Since September 2010, TNT has increased its flight frequency to Shanghai and Hong Kong to seven and six times a week respectively. TNT is also strengthening its Chinese domestic road delivery services and in particular its National day-definite road distribution network.

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 serves more than 200 countries and employs about 155,000 people. Over 2009, TNT reported €10.4 billion in revenues and an operating income of €648 million. TNT is quoted on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. More information about TNT can be found on its website .

Page publication date: 26 October 2010 at 08:30 CET