DHL upgrades its UAE fleet
DHL in the United Arab Emirates has invested 1.25 million Emirati dirhams ($340,000) in an upgrade of its Abu Dhabi fleet. The upgrade comprises 11 new VW LT Transporters as well as a three ton Mitsubishi Canter, which has been purchased specifically to serve Mussafah’s growing industrial base, reported a company press release.
The fleet upgrade follows a $1.5 million investment in a new DHL express handling center at Umm Al-Nar and another center, which opened up in Al-Ain four months ago. “The new trucking service will cater to multi-national shippers who are increasingly moving high volumes of time-sensitive consignments both inbound and outbound Mussafah,” said David Wild, DHL UAE general manager. “It will dovetail into our Gulf0-wide distribution road haulage product, which is now being expanded throughout the regional network.”
DHL UAE, which now has a 73-vehicle fleet nationwide, says the Canter was selected to improve its ability to handle larger, heavyweight consignments while the VW Transporter was chosen because of its exceptional fuel-efficiency, which meets the company’s requirements.
“We are targeting 20 percent annual growth from capital and these recent investments enable us to provide later pick up and earlier delivery times.” explained Wild. DHL UAE also recently appointed a dedicated logistics manager to serve the Abu Dhabi market.
The Abu Dhabi fleet upgrade takes DHL UAE’s total capital investment in the Emirates this year to over four million dollars and includes a new express logistics center opened in Dubai Airport Free Zone last February. — (menareport.com)
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