Transport company, FedEx Express, is launching a new trans-Tasman service which will directly connect trade between New Zealand and Australia.
The new service will run five times a week between Christchurch-Auckland-Melbourne, adding to the existing five flights on the Sydney-Auckland-Sydney route each week.
According to FedEx, customers in both countries will benefit from the increased capacity and reliability to transport e-commerce, healthcare, automotive, agricultural and other critical spare parts shipments.
FedEx Express Australasia Vice President, Peter Langley, said the company was looking forward to improving their service between the nations.
“We’re excited to launch this new route as part of our continuous effort to bring better and stronger connections for customers, especially in a corridor of such importance to bilateral trade and Australian and New Zealand businesses,” he said.
“Australian exports to New Zealand grew more than US$8 billion during 2021, while New Zealand’s exports to Australia grew to $5.5 billion USD.
“With this additional service, we’ll have ten weekly flights enhancing connections for Aussie and Kiwi businesses including small and medium-sized businesses, looking to expand trade activity.”
The new trans-Tasman service comes with a number of benefits to both Australian and New Zealand businesses.
It means there will be more time for Melbourne customers to prepare shipments, as the cut-off time for customers in the state is now 5 pm, a two-hour improvement.
It will also provide customers in Christchurch with improved transit times, as they will now have access to next-day international priority shipping service to Australia. Those in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane who ship to Christchurch will see a one-day improvement for international priority freight services.