TNT Express, one of the worlds leading express delivery companies, announced it has extended its Express Road Network (ERN) into Africa by starting an international road line haul connection to Casablanca, Morocco. By doing this, TNT is the first major express company to create an owned, time-definite road line haul connection between Africa and Europe.
This expansion complements TNT Express focus on further strengthening its networks by expanding into the merging markets within and around Europe, which to date has concentrated on Eastern Europe. This step reflects TNT Express strategic intents to become number one in both Europe and the rest of the worlds emerging markets.
Morocco traditionally has a strong trade relationship with the region as the gateway between Europe and Africa. TNT will leverage on this geographic situation by connecting its entire European road network to the African continent. Morocco is one of the fastest growing markets in the region, and several trade agreements will fuel this growth in the future. Casablanca is connected to the ERN through Madrid with a sea connection between Tangier and Algesiras.
We are pleased to be able to further strengthen our leading position in the European express market by expanding into the emerging markets in and surrounding Europe, said Marie-Christine Lombard, Group Managing Director of TNTs express division. Directly linking Africa and Europe by means of a road line haul connection is new to the major players in the global market and enables us to make use of the first mover advantages.
TNTs ERN is the most extensive road delivery network in Europe. It enables TNT to provide the fastest daily by road door-to-door customs cleared express delivery transit times in Europe. TNT ERN handles 4,000 Europe-wide international line hauls per week. TNT Express road vehicles in Europe travel approximately 2,000,000 kilometers every week. ERN connects 414 depots in 34 countries through 12 international road hubs.
The extension of the ERN to Morocco provides customers access to the Economy Express service. This service is now available to over 90 countries worldwide.
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