Accra, April 15, GNA – Mr Charles Brewer, Managing Director of DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa, says the operations of the company in 2012 witnessed an increase in requests to transport various endangered animals as well as some unique personal client requests.
He said the company managed to transport three endangered Black Rhinos from the UK to the Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania, adding that the 10 hour journey from Manston, UK airport to Tanzania included a refueling stop in Italy.
A statement issued by the company and copied to Ghana News Agency quoted Mr Brewer as saying the animals were transported in a special Boeing 757 aeroplane which had special accommodation with a rhino-sized life-saving devices and temperature controlled conditions in the cabin including two rhino keepers, two aircraft engineers and a specialist veterinarian.
‘It’s very special that we can use our core capability of logistics to support such valuable conservation efforts.
‘In today’s competitive global environment, the use of logistics companies to courier items between countries within set time parameters is becoming increasingly necessary,’ Mr Brewer said.
Throughout Africa, the capabilities of logistics companies have evolved exponentially over the past 20 years and it is common place to transport ‘packages’ such as live animals, specially prepared food or the latest car model across the continent.
On a global front, DHL also recently delivered two Sumatran tigers, one from the US and one from Australia to take part in an international breeding programme. With fewer than 300 Sumatran tigers now in the wild, ZSL London Zoo is hoping to breed the tigers as part of a wider conservation support programme and enlisted the help of DHL Express to transport the tigers.
In addition, DHL recently came across various strange personal requests where a client from Nigeria paid the airfare of one of DHL’s onboard couriers to travel with a birthday cake from Abuja to Lagos, which was about three times the value of the cake.
‘The client put a significant premium on the need to have the cake delivered at a particular period of the day and was prepared to pay for it,’ Mr Brewer said.
He said DHL also transported an entire prepared five-course dinner for eight people for a function in Zimbabwe because that food was not available in the country.
Mr Brewer explained that although the company had fulfilled many strange delivery requests, there were still some restricted products when comes to global couriering.
These include jewellery, precious metals, firearms and parts of ammunition.