DHL Express has formed a partnership with the Philippine Postal Corporation – PHLPost – to provide international shipping services through post offices in the Philippines.
The international time-definite delivery specialist will initially offer its services at 12 PHLPost locations, in Pasig City, San Juan City, Cebu City, Baguio City, Laguna, Pampanga, Iloilo City, Legaspi City, Davao City and central post offices in Manila, Quezon City and Makati City.
More locations are expected to be rolled out through the alliance in 2014.
PHLPost said the alliance formed part of its plans to reinvigorate its international service offering by providing more shipping options.
The new DHL Express services will include shipping items weighing half a kilo and above, to countries that are not currently served by PHLPost’s Express Mail Service.
The DHL service will also ship items to countries that are covered by PHLPost’s EMS service if they are too heavy for the EMS service.
Josefina dela Cruz, the Philippine Postal Corporation CEO and Postmaster General Manager, said the partnership would extend the reach of her company’s shipping services, and also the range of items that could be shipped internationally.
She said: “Our partnership will see us leverage on the extensive network and services of DHL Express to further boost our product offerings and reach. It will extend over and beyond the maximum weight limit permissible and outside of the existing serviceable countries of our Express Mail Service. This will enable us to be more globally competitive and ready to serve the increasing demands of our customers.”
“The extension of services allows us to continue to add value to our customers through the provision of prompt and affordable services,” she added.
DHL said the new alliance with PHLPost was about taking advantage of the Post’s extensive reach through the Philippines, and DHL’s own international expertise.
The partnership should particularly open up more foreign markets to small and medium-size businesses, promoting international trade for the Philippines.
Yasmin Aladad Khan, senior vice president at DHL Express Southeast Asia, said the partnership with PHLPost follows similar joint working with postal operators in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.
“Increasingly, we are seeing efforts by both the public and private sectors working hand-in-hand to revitalize the logistics industry in the country. The partnership that we witness today is a showcase of PHLPost’s commitment towards elevating its service offering to its customers, and we are excited to be a part of this journey,” said Khan.