DHL launches Break Bulk Express for improved Mexico to U.S. shipping

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Global express delivery and logistics company DHL has introduced its Break Bulk Express service to customers shipping multiple packages in one day from Mexico to the United States.

BBX consolidates customers' multiple express shipments into single large bundles that substantially reduce customs' clearances, delivery times, tracking and related costs.

Plantation, FL-based DHL's Northbound BBX is a key capability in the company's recently announced North America Trade Lane initiative, a five-year, $100-million investment and build-out of infrastructure and service in North America. With the introduction of Northbound Break Bulk Express, DHL customers shipping into the U.S. from Mexico can combine individual packages into one large shipment to speed and simplify customs' clearance. DHL then "breaks" the bundled shipment back into its individual package components and delivers each to its separate destination.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the market for BBX-type services in North America is currently about $375 million a year, with air shipments representing approximately 30 percent of the total. Northbound shipments from Mexico include -- in rank order -- automotive parts, high-tech products, consumer-electronic goods, and agricultural goods such as flowers, fruits and vegetables.

BBX also provides a way for manufacturers to send individually labeled products directly to store shelves. Finally, because DHL un-bundles the shipments for direct delivery to each recipient, customers avoid the time, worry and expense of storing products before delivery is made. DHL's "Easy Ship" software makes it easy for customers to track each bundle's location as well as each of the individual shipments making up the bundle.

Break Bulk Express is currently available for customers shipping into the United States from more than 30 countries worldwide.

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