DHL Global Forwarding, a division of Deutsche Post DHL and a leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services has launched multimodal services to Indonesia.

Now, regional shipments can be moved from Indonesia to other Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, or vice versa, by using DHL’s multimodal services which involve both air and road freight, instead of only air freight or ocean freight.

The service, which is called AsiaConnect, was launched by DHL in the continent in 2011. It connects Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and China through its cross-border network.

Vincent Yong, President Director, DHL Global Forwarding Indonesia told the media, “Businesses moving goods out of Indonesia now have a strong viable alternative to traditional air and ocean freight. With DHL AsiaConnect, we have a robust scheduled road network across Indonesia’s key ASEAN trading markets.”

According to Vincent Yong, adding Indonesia to the service portfolio gives customers a new option for multimodal freight service, which is up to 35 percent cheaper and reduces carbon emissions by up to 54 percent compared to airfreight.

He further stated that multimodal services are 65 percent faster as compared to ocean freight, providing the perfect middle-ground for customers who want more flexibility.

According to DHL, more than 50 percent of Indonesia’s trade flows are regional, with the majority of its imports and exports involves trading partners in other Southeast Asian countries.

Recently, DHL Global Forwarding also announced that it will increase its investments in Indonesia. The company plans to develop more bonded logistics centres in the country to support as well as improve its operations.

Currently, DHL Global Forwarding has two logistics centres in Indonesia, out of which two are in Jakarta, while the others are in Medan, Surabaya, Balikpapan, and Sorong.