DHL Freight announces average peak season surcharge of 4% for transport in Europe during September to December; launches driver recruitment initiative

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DHL Freight announces average peak season surcharge of 4% for transport in Europe during September to December; launches driver recruitment initiative

July 25, 2019 - 08:49
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    BONN, Germany, July 8, 2019 (Press Release) -
  • Similar demand expected for road freight than in last year's peak season
  • Average 4% Peak Season Surcharge effective September to December 2019

DHL Freight, one of the leading providers of road freight services in Europe, today announced a Peak Season Surcharge effective September to December 2019. The surcharge of average 4% will apply to all full-truckload (FTL), part-truckload (PTL) and less than-truckload (LTL) transport in Europe. This enables DHL Freight to provide its customers with the highest quality of service even as demand continues to outpace available capacity.

"The shortage of drivers and constantly increasing road freight demand are further constraining the available capacity. We therefore expect capacity challenges similar in 2018. We have and will secure additional capacities for our customers. However, to ensure the high level of service quality and reliability our customers expect, we have to add a Peak Season Surcharge of average 4%," explains Martin Leopold, CSO DHL Freight.

To manage the growing capacity constraints, DHL Freight has also launched a driver recruitment initiative. The pilot project is currently running at five locations in Germany. More than 50 truck drivers have been hired, and 30 brand new high-technology trucks have been deployed so far. If the concept proves successful, DHL Freight will aim to create up to 500 new jobs in Europe. The even greater expected demand for this year's peak season clearly shows the need for such initiatives.

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, ecommerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 380,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 61 billion euros in 2018.