DHL eyes further expansion in Africa

DHL Express, a global logistics company has pledged to continue its expansion and investment strategy across sub-Saharan Africa and considers Tanzania as a key market within this strategy.

The DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa Managing Director, Mr Charles Brewer said in a statement issued that despite the current global economic uncertainty, Africa had a bright future due to sector investment, increased consumer spending and increased economic activity.

“We are continuing to invest across Africa and the new gateway facility we opened last year in Tanzania is a testament to this. This state-of-the-art facility is a benchmark for our operations in East Africa. It was built by a Tanzanian contractor and construction material from Tanzania,” Mr Brewer said.

He explained that Tanzania, with a population of over 44 million and an expected economic growth rate of about 7 per cent this year, represented an attractive market to them.

The Managing Director said that the opportunity was for them is to expand their footprint within the country and service semi-urban and rural areas so that anyone – from a student to a small business – could access their network, and the over 220 countries and destinations that they serve.

“There are hundreds of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Tanzania and we need to provide easy access and a team of highly trained certified international specialists to lead them to the very obvious opportunities that trading with the world can present,” he said.

In Tanzania alone, DHL Express has expanded their retail footprint to 47 new outlets from 32 in this year. Last year DHL provided free of charge transportation for three critically endangered black rhinos to be translocated from the United Kingdom to the Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania, according to the statement.

DHL is a global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 285,000 employees worldwide that offers customers’ logistical services and local knowledge.
Source: The Daily News, reported by Masembe Tambwe in Dar es Salaam
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