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DHL Express will raise rates for services in Belgium from January 1, 2019. As every year, the company will adjust prices to the realities of the market, taking into account inflation and rising costs.

On average, rates will go up by 4.9 percent. The increases concern not only Belgium. DHL announced that it would take similar steps in Germany without providing specific numbers. Rate revision applies to each of the supported countries and regions, a total of over 220, reports the Belgian industry portal TransportMedia.be

This annual rate adjustment allows us to further strengthen our infrastructure and provide customers with the highest quality solutions,” said Danny Van Himste, Managing Director of DHL Express Belux.

Over the last few months, DHL Express has invested in several countries to expand its infrastructure and new gateways, allowing it to increase its processing capacity and shorten delivery times.

The necessary increases to keep on the market

DHL is an example of another operator who decided to raise prices due to the rising costs associated with ensuring constant quality of services and maintaining a sufficient number of employees. Recently, big European companies have also decided about the increases, such as Grupa Nagel, Hermes, Go! Logistics.

Not only Western entrepreneurs but also carriers from Central and Eastern Europe are aware of the need to raise prices. A few weeks ago, two Hungarian organizations called for an immediate increase in freight rates by 15-20 percent (the Federation of National Private Carriers – NiT Hungary and the Hungarian Road Transport Association – MKFE). As the Hungarian carriers emphasize, wage increases for drivers are also required.

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