Logistics company DHL announced the launch of a new direct less-than-container load services from Seattle to Singapore serving as a gateway to 16 destinations in South Asia.
The new direct weekly LCL service will cover freight moving from Portland and Seattle and can reduce the overall transit time between the U.S. and Singapore by 12 to 14 days compared to current service transit times. Danmar Lines, DHL Global Forwarding's in-house carrier, operates the new weekly LCL service. With cargo shipped directly from Seattle to Singapore, customers can expect their shipments to arrive in Singapore within 25 days.
In the six years since the signing of the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, exports of U.S. goods have increased by nearly 34%, with steady growth in exports of medical devices, machinery, and construction equipment. DHL's latest LCL service will serve to bolster the significant trade volumes with Singapore — the United States' 10th largest export market in the first three months of 2010, up from 11th place during the same time period in 2009.1
The new direct weekly LCL service offers greater flexibility and eliminates rehandling of cargo in Los Angeles by moving directly from the Port of Seattle, the eighth largest U.S. port.