FedEx Expands Shipping Capacity between Australia and New Zealand
FedEx is launching a new service connecting Christchurch, Auckland and Melbourne, improving transit times and allowing businesses, including small and medium-sized businesses, more time to prepare shipments.
Sydney, Australia, 4 July 2022 — FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, announced the launch of a new trans-Tasman service directly connecting Christchurch, Auckland and Melbourne. The flight will be operated by Airwork, with dedicated block space allocated to FedEx. With this, FedEx customers can enjoy greater connectivity, shorter transit times and additional capacity to send shipments between Australia and New Zealand.
The new service will run five times a week between Christchurch-Auckland-Melbourne, adding to the existing five flights on the Sydney-Auckland-Sydney route each week.
Customers in Australia and New Zealand will benefit from the increased capacity and reliability to transport e-commerce, healthcare (cold chain), automotive, agricultural and other critical spare parts shipments. Air cargo tonnage on these routes is predicted to increase by 7.7% AU to NZ and 7.8% NZ to AU in 2022.
“We’re excited to launch this new route as part of our continuous effort to bring better and stronger connections for customers, especially in a corridor of such importance to bilateral trade for Australian and New Zealand businesses,” shares Peter Langley, vice president of FedEx Express Australasia. “Australian exports to New Zealand grew more than US$8 billion during 2021, while New Zealand’s exports to Australia grew to US$5.5 billion . With this additional service, we’ll have ten weekly flights enhancing connections for Aussie and Kiwi businesses including small and medium-sized businesses, looking to expand trade activity.”
Key benefits from the new trans-Tasman service for Australian and New Zealand businesses include:
- More time for Melbourne customers to prepare shipments – The cutoff time for customers in Melbourne is now 5 p.m., a two-hour improvement.
- Improved transit times – Customers in Christchurch will now have access to next-day International Priority shipping service to Australia, while those in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane who ship to Christchurch will see a one-day improvement for International Priority Freight services.
- Acceptance of Dangerous Goods (DG) – New DG capability in Christchurch, New Zealand .