DB Schenker expands services in Oceania

Schenker to expand Australasian operations to the growing Papua New Guinea market

Schenker will expand its Australasian operations to the growing Papua New Guinea market, the company has announced.

Schenker says the decision is "logical given the economic growth rates in Australia's northern neighbour over the past two financial years.

In 2007 PNG recorded 6.5 percent growth, and put on another 7 percent for 2008.

Schenker Australia CEO Ron Koehler says PNG is considered by many as Australia's "biggest import and export destination".

A non-exclusive sales and handling agreement with local partner Swift Agencies will see Schenker offer integrated logistics services in and out of the country.

Koehler says preparing for future growth in the Oceana as a whole was behind the decision.

"It is important that we prepare for the growth of the Oceania region, by continuously developing extensive transport networks to anticipate and better serve our customers’ requirements," he says.

As of this year, Schenker will focus on the oil, gas, healthcare, aeroparts, consumer electronics, automotive and mining in industries in PNG.

"DB Schenker provides extensive service offerings in PNG ranging from air and ocean freight to Lae and Port Moresby, customs clearance, domestic distribution (door to door), warehousing and storage, to supply chain planning and supply chain management," a Schenker spokesperson says.

"The transportation services offered include break bulk, LCL, hazardous and dangerous goods, temperature controlled cargo for cold chains and project cargo.

"Ocean freight consignments from Australia to PNG can be scheduled weekly and air freight consignments that fit in passenger aircraft can depart daily."

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