DHL Commemorates More Than 15 Years of Sweetening Lives Throughout the Americas

  • As part of International Chocolate Day on Sept. 13, the company
    reflects on its experience transporting sweets throughout the region
  • DHL Global Forwarding ships more than 4,450 TEUS of chocolate treats
    per year and processes an average of 460 customs files a month

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within
Deutsche Post DHL Group, celebrates more than 15 years of transporting
various chocolates, chocolate related ingredients and raw materials as
part of International Chocolate Day celebrated on Sept. 13. Be it a raw
cocoa bean, a bar of chocolate or a specialty rum filled truffle, DHL
Global Forwarding provides end-to-end temperature controlled logistics
services including trucking, ocean and air freight, warehousing and
customs brokerage services delivering chocolate products promptly and
safely to their final destination.

“Latin America, home of the cocoa tree, continues to produce high
quality beans for fine chocolates and chocolate consumption and in the
coming years, there will be a need for reliable transportation with
ample industry experience,” said Andreas Krueger, head of Ocean Freight,
DHL Global Forwarding, Americas. “DHL not only has the consumer sector
experience, but also offers reliable service with an extensive global
network to help transport these chocolate products with care and

As part of DHL’s Strategy 2020, a plan concentrated on seizing
opportunities in growing sectors and markets, DHL in the Americas has
been paying close attention to the consumer market sector, including
chocolate, which is projected to grow in the coming years. Chocolate
sales in Latin America alone will grow by 31 percent over the next five
years1. Ecuador surpassed Brazil as Latin America’s top cocoa
producer in 2013 and is currently slated to be the fourth largest
producer of cocoa beans in the world towards the end of 2015, according
to Ecuador’s National Cocoa Exporters Association (Anecacao). Other
cocoa producing countries in the region include: Colombia, Dominican
Republic, Mexico and Peru.

By offering ocean and air freight, trucking, temperature controlled
warehousing and brokerage services, DHL in the Americas has helped
customers transport more than 4,450 TEUS and over 600 full truck loads
(FTL) of chocolate products a year, more than 7,000 pallet positions
monthly and process an average of 460 customs files per month. To serve
consumer customers’ specific needs, DHL has established a worldwide
community of consumer industry experts, a fully integrated supply chain
with streamlined processes for easier monitoring and efficiency and
Consumer Competency Centers to manage the end-to-end flow of
information, among other services.

“With a large number of shipments transported via the Europe-Americas
trade lane and intra-Americas, DHL helps ship from the raw cocoa bean to
the finished product, in addition to the machinery to make any chocolate
treat,” said Jannie Davel, head of Air Freight, DHL Global Forwarding,

International Chocolate Day was created by the National Confectioners
Associations and occurs on the birthday of Milton S. Hershey, the
American confectioner, philanthropist and founder of The Hershey
Chocolate Company. Aside from shipping the chocolate product, DHL also
ships other tasty desserts, such as cookies and candy to different parts
of the world.

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DHL Global Forwarding, Americas
Jennifer Pakradooni, +1-786-264-3684