Department of Homeland Security Searches Out an Express Delivery Provider

All Homeland Security entities to consolidate shipments under DHL

All Homeland Security entities to consolidate shipments under DHL

Plantation, FL — August 15, 2005 — DHL, an express and logistics company, said it has been awarded five-year, multi-million-dollar contract by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the transportation of all of its letters and small packages in the U.S. and worldwide.

Under the contract, which takes effect immediately, DHL will handle same day, next day, second day and ground delivery of parcels for all DHS components, including, among others, the Secret Service, Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Transportation Security Administration, and Border and Transportation Security. Previously, multiple carriers handled the department's shipping needs.

According to Larry Orluskie, Office of Public Affairs for the Department of Homeland Security, the value of the contract will be at least $250,000 but could be as high as $60 million over the five-year term of the contract. Individual DHS component usage of shipping services will have to be evaluated to assess the actual value of this new agreement.

The competitively bid contract was ultimately awarded to DHL based upon a best value selection of criteria. Among these criteria were the consideration of past performance on previous contracts, evaluating quality of service, cost management, timeliness of performance, management, and customer relations/customer satisfaction.

DHL's ability to compile and maintain a robust shipment information database and provide systems to help the DHS manage and track the shipping costs from each of the different DHS offices was also a consideration.

DHL is endorsed by the DoD for small parcel shipping globally, and has been selected by the DoD for service to numerous locations around the globe based on the extensive service capabilities and first in market approach provided in support of the DoD. DHL was awarded the 2004 SDDC Express Carrier of the Year from the DoD after being nominated by the Defense Distribution Depot, San Joaquin, Stockton, Calif., for its expansion of delivery services to overseas locations including Baghdad, Bagram, Kabul, Kandahar and Afghanistan.

DHL services for the U.S. government include sorting and delivery of mail for the USPS/Military Postal System. In line with IATA (International Air Transport Association) and ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) regulations, DHL transports various non-military goods such as humanitarian aid, electronic equipment, stationery, documents and consumables.