The Frankfurt-based specialist for urgent transports and complex logistics solutions has extended its reach by launching seven stations in mainland China, adding them to its global Sameday Air network. The step follows the founding of Shanghai-based time:matters International Freight Forwarding Ltd. last month, which operates completely independently without the need for an obligatory Chinese partner.
In addition to Shanghai, time:matters has opened stations at these Chinese cities: Shenyang (SHE), Beijing (PEK), Nanjing (NKG), Qingdao (TAO), Chengdu (CTU) and Guangzhou (CAN) as well.
Trans-Pac to come next
The expansion of its network enables the expert for time-critical transports to provide ultra-rapid transports of urgent goods between China, Europe and the USA. Intra-Chinese and Trans-Pac services are to follow at a later date, most probably next year, as indicated by COO Lars Krosch in a recent meeting with CargoForwarder Global.
Including the new Chinese office, the company's Sameday Air network now consists of 130 stations in Europe, North and Central America and Far East. Customers involved in the automotive, high-tech and semicon, medtech, machinery and components sectors worldwide, are the main benefiters of the greater global presence. This tightly knit network allows them to avoid or mitigate supply chain disruptions that could potentially be extremely expensive considering the enormous value of many of the urgent shipments transported in t:m's responsibility.
Fast growing global presence
Thanks to this closely-knit global network and high air traffic volume, time:matters customers now have access to 157 weekly direct flights between the European hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, and Vienna, and seven Chinese business centers.
The management points out that their new Chinese stations offer short handling times starting at one-and-a-half hours for exports and two hours for import shipments. Imports arriving at one of
the seven stations run by t:m are onforwarded from there in the fastest possible way to their final destinations, following customs clearance.
"The expansion into the Chinese market and foundation of a local subsidiary in Shanghai are key elements of our internationalization strategy," explains Alexander Kohnen, CEO of time:matters GmbH.
Comprehensive service package
And more is to come, indicates COO Lars Krosch: "We plan to integrate further Asian stations, in keeping with our long-term goal of providing our customers with a global and highly efficient Sameday Air network."
In a release, t:m emphasizes that the staff of the local Chinese stations have direct apron access which helps to closely monitor imports, exports and transits. time:matters customers can book their own shipments via the online portal, track their progression and enjoy services such as guaranteed capacity access for items weighing up to 200 kg, customs clearance, shipment pick-up and delivery upon request, and 24/7/365 support.