Time:matters offers 7 cities in China its Sameday Air services

TIME:MATTERS, the time-critical logistics subsidiary of Lufthansa Cargo, has added China to its Sameday Air network, after having a presence in Shanghai for 13 years, reports New York's Air Cargo World.

The new stations are located in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shanghai and Shenyang.

The company can now offer 157 weekly direct flights between Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna and these major Chinese destinations to customers with urgent shipments.

"We are now connecting key Chinese marketplaces with large business hubs in Europe and the US via our Sameday Air network," said time:matters COO Lars Krosch. "We plan to integrate Asian stations, in keeping with our long-term goal of providing an efficient global Sameday Air network."

According to time:matters, shipments will be collected and cleared through customs on the same day. The Chinese stations will offer handling times as short as 1.5 hours for export shipments and two hours for import shipments. The European hubs offer transit times of just one hour.

The company established time:matters Shanghai International Freight Forwarding Ltd on June 1 of this year to support customers locally, providing services such as booking assistance, issuing air waybills and local invoicing.

The sectors targeted in China are automotive, high-tech, semiconductor, med-tech, machinery and components. Customers are able to book their own shipments via an online portal, track their progress and have guaranteed capacity access for goods weighing up to 200 kilogrammes.

The company is also reported to have set its sights on opening 10 stations in the Asia-Pacific region, and that in addition to a Europe-China network, the company also plans to widen its presence to cover the intra-Asia and transpacific markets.

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