time:matters extends Sameday Air network to China

posted on 5th July 2019 by Justin Burns
time:matters extends Sameday Air network to China

Speed logistics specialist time:matters has added seven stations in China to its network for worldwide Sameday Air transports for the first time as it rolls out it internationalisation strategy that is set to reach other parts of Asia soon.

The company, which is owned by Lufthansa Cargo, said customers now have access to 157 weekly direct flights between the European hubs in Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna and seven Chinese business centers.
By integrating the new stations into the Sameday Air network, time:matters noted it is facilitating the fastest possible connection between China, Europe and the US.

The transport of time-critical shipments will now be offered to and from Shanghai (PVG), Shenyang (SHE), Beijing (PEK), Nanjing (NKG), Qingdao (TAO), Chengdu (CTU) and Guangzhou (CAN) as well.

Urgently required goods shipments will be collected and cleared through customs on the same day and, thanks to fast handling and transit times of just an hour or more, will reach their required destination in Europe, the US, Mexico or China within the shortest possible time.

The Chinese stations offer short handling times starting at one-and-a-half hours for export shipments and starting from two hours for import shipments. Via an especially rapid transit times of 60 minutes or more at the European hubs, time:matters said it is ideally positioned to quickly reach the 130 stations within its unique Sameday Air network.

“We are now connecting key Chinese marketplaces with large business hubs in Europe and the US via our Sameday Air network,” said chief operating officer, 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.”

The local company time:matters Shanghai International Freight Forwarding Ltd was founded specifically for this on 1 June, 2019, is supporting customers locally, from providing booking assistance through to issuing air waybills and local invoicing.

Time:matters has had a presence in Shanghai for 13 years and is now strengthening its position locally with this set-up. 

“The expansion into the Chinese market and foundation of a local subsidiary in Shanghai are key elements of our internationalization strategy,” said Alexander Kohnen, CEO of time:matters. “This will allow us to meet specific needs and requirements of our global customer base and to extend our global quality promise as well as our product range.”
The company said customers in the automotive, high-tech and semicon, medtech, and machinery and components sectors worldwide in particular will benefit from the new destinations, which will allow them to avoid or mitigate potentially expensive supply chain disruption.

The complex logistics specialist said it can guarantee not only speed and flexibility but also “superb reliability and quality” through direct apron access at the hubs, combined with physical monitoring of all import, export and transit shipments.

Customers can also book their own shipments as usual via the online portal, track the progress of these and enjoy services such as guaranteed capacity access for goods shipments weighing up to 200 kg, customs clearance, shipment pick-up and delivery upon request, and round-the-clock customer support.