Agility Launches Scheduled Freighter Service from China to Lithuania

Direct air freight connection increases access, speeds transit times between China and important gateway to Northern Europe

Hong Kong- July 18, 2011-- Agility, a global logistics provider, has introduced a scheduled freighter service that will directly connect key origins in China via Shanghai to Kaunas, Lithuania. With few freight options that cover this routing, the new service delivers stable and faster access, helping customers move goods from China into the rapidly growing markets of Northern Europe, the Nordics, Russia and the Baltics.

The freighter has a capacity of 107 tons and will initially operate on a weekly basis. Space is guaranteed. The new service allows Agility’s customers faster access to these markets with its Air Freight “Expedited” and “Premier” products on the route with reduced transit times of between one and four days, depending on destination.

The service forms part of a comprehensive logistics offering featuring additional supply chain solutions: pick-up and warehousing in China, customs clearance in Kaunas and warehousing in Lithuania. Together with its partner in Lithuania, Hoptrans, Agility provides freight forwarding over land from Kaunas to a wide range of onward destinations including all major cities in the region. At the destination, customer options will include customs clearance, warehousing in bonded and non-bonded facilities. With a departure on Saturday morning from Shanghai and customs cut-off on Friday morning, this new service allows customers to load their cargo for delivery over the weekend, with many destinations receiving cargo on Monday.

“Northern Europe, the Nordics, Russia and the Baltics all show increasing demand for air freight,” said Michael Blaufuss, Agility’s Senior Vice President of Air Freight. “With our own freighter service, we are now uniquely positioned to offer end-to-end supply chain solutions that offer reliability and speed on these important trade routes.”

As part of the service and for the first time, Agility is offering its Air Freight Expedited product to countries where it was previously unavailable, as well as its Air Freight Premier product. Air Freight Expedited is available to Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, Poland and Finland, and the Air Freight Premier is available to Hungary, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine.