By Ndafadza Madanha
INTERNATIONAL logistics company DHL says it is bringing in a 30-tonne plane to service the local market as volumes increase and the country economic prospects improve.
Currently, Zimbabwe is serviced with a 12-tonne plane but that will double shortly according to DHL Zimbabwe managing director Jeff Phiri.
“We shall be bringing in a 30tonne plane this month currently we are using a 12 tonne plane but we are changing because of what we are witnessing in the market and we are confident that business will grow” said Phiri while addressing a German business delegation that was recently in the country to scout for business opportunities.
He said the country was ripe for investment and despite going for close to two decades without any meaningful foreign direct investment its infrastructure remained largely intact.
Coupled with its human capital Phiri said the country was a magnet for investors as long as government creates an enabling operating environment.
Phiri said in Zimbabwe DHL had opened over 100 retail outlets, in a bid to provide customers with better access to global express services.
“DHL Express Zimbabwe said, “For us to better service this market and open up global opportunities for students, small business owners and general consumers, we needed to both increase access to our express products but, simultaneously, make it easier and more affordable to use them
DHL currently operates 3 Service points and over 100 retail agents across Zimbabwe and plans are currently underway to open additional retail points across the country”.
DHL Zimbabwe is the market leader in the country in the logistics sector and continues to service the country with shipments going out to across the world but mainly Great Britain and South Africa and imports coming mostly from South Africa, Canada and Europe.
Phiri said DHL was committed to providing Logistics that will result in connectivity and in turn bring in economic growth and trade facilitation to Zimbabwe.