• TNT FedEx merger deemed ‘bad for ugly freight’

        • As the FedEx-TNT merger nears completion, international parcel broker, ParcelHero warns the take-over could mean increased costs and transit times for large and heavy items.

          According to David Jinks MILT, ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, TNT Express were regarded as the traditional choice for heavy and outsized loads, or ‘ugly freight’, so the FedEx takeover could have an impact.

          He said, “TNT is very popular with users shipping large and heavy deliveries. Many carriers have restrictive parcel size and weight restrictions; but TNT has significantly greater flexibility on the size of packages it accepts, operating bigger vehicles than other carriers, generally with tail lifts capable of loading pallets and heavy parcels.

          “FedEx, TNT Express’ soon-to-be owners, are specialists in international delivery services; but have no culture of supporting ugly freight to any extent. If TNT Express is steered away from such items once they become a part of FedEx, the loss of these services would be keenly felt.

          “we welcome the merger of the two organisations. TNT Express is largely about European ground based operations and it has only a limited presence in the US; while FedEx is known for its Europe-UK to America quality international service.

          However, David concludes, “Large and heavy items are frequently shipped through ParcelHero’s parcel broker service and we would hate to see the loss of TNT Express’ unique and cost-effective approach to this part of the delivery market.”

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