TNT Express expands network in Western Africa

TNT Express is expanding its operations in West Africa through associate courier companies operating in the region. The integrator has appointed Getma, a subsidiary of French logistics company NCT Necotrans, to help improve its network capabilities in eight Sub-Saharan countries.

And, it has expanded its relationship with existing partner Stellar Africa to extend operations in Nigeria.

TNT Express said countries in the region have experienced economic growth averaging 4.6% between 2000 and 2009, according to World Bank figures. Much of the international trade from the region is with Europe, although Asia and particularly China are also important.

The company said express delivery services to and from the area are well used by industries including the oil and gas sector, automotive, manufacturing and mining industries.

The new arrangements will see Getma handling collection and delivery for imports and exports on behalf of TNT Express in Mali, Togo, Benin, Ivory Coast, Chad, Niger, Equatorial Guinea and Angola.

The partnership is expected to be effective in all eight countries by the end of the first quarter in 2012.

TNT Express said Getma brings 20 years of experience to its network in Africa. The company operates along the entire Atlantic coast from Senegal to South Africa.

Customers will benefit from improved customs management and transit times for exports and imports to and from the region, TNT Express said, adding that it can now guarantee a delivery from Paris to Bamako, Mali, within 48 hours.

Nigeria

TNT Express has been partnering with Stellar Africa for some time in operations within Ghana, and now expands the alliance into Nigeria.

The companies said the partnership would mean businesses in Nigeria gaining access to a “viable and exceptional” express courier service.

Accra-based Stellar Africa already has some experience in operating within Nigeria. Its new Nigeria office, operational since November 14, is based at Victoria Island in Lagos.

The company’s country director, Kenneth Anga, said: “With the substantial support we’re receiving from TNT Express, we’re going to be providing a superior business solution to those with express needs.”

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