DHL first to enter IraqBonn, 05/23/2003, 11:30 AM CEST
Express and logistics expert DHL announced today it has commenced operations in Iraq, immediately following the UN Security Council vote to lift economic sanctions against the country. DHL is the first express and logistics company to enter Iraq.
DHL will offer both air express services through DHL Express, and heavy freight and logistics through its DHL Danzas Air & Ocean division.
"DHL's express and air and ocean services will assist the local and international communities in their efforts to rebuild Iraq. The fact we are able to establish services almost the minute sanctions are lifted is testament to the resourcefulness of DHL people", said Uwe Doerken, CEO of DHL.
An initial DHL staff of seven, including four Iraqi people will be based in Iraq. DHL will be offering a service of three flights weekly, flying from Bahrain to Bagdad. An AN-12 airplane offering a capacity of 20 tonnes will be operated on the air express route. Trucking services will also be offered on two routes: Kuwait City to Basra and Jordan to the Northern zone of Iraq.
By commencing operations as quickly as possible, following the lifting of sanctions, DHL will be able to help the Iraqi people in the rebuilding of the country's infrastructure and economy, and will significantly improve the transportation of humanitarian aid.