Press release - 14 March 2002

New DHL Office opens in Kabul
    Brussels, 14 March 2002 - DHL Worldwide Express has announced the commencement of operations in Afghanistan.

    Uwe Doerken, CEO of DHL, said: "DHL is the first international company to offer express services in Afghanistan. By so doing, DHL is proceeding with its international strategy of expansion into new markets in direct response to our customers' present and future needs.
    At the same time, by providing urgently needed relief goods, DHL can make its own contribution toward international humanitarian aid to Afghanistan."

    The regular service, from Bahrain to Kabul, the first by civilian aircraft since the formation of the new government in Kabul, will initially be with a chartered, Russian built, AN-12 aircraft. The aircraft has an 18 tonnes load capacity.

    For further information please contact:

    Patricia Thomson Tel: +32 2 713 4864

    Or visit: DHL on-line at

    Notes to Editors

    About DHL Worldwide Express:

    DHL Worldwide Express is the global market leader of the international air express industry. An established innovator since pioneering the industry in 1969, DHL continues to be at the forefront of technology, offering fast, responsive, and cost-effective, express deliveries in addition to e-commerce fulfillment and intelligent logistics solutions. The DHL network links 120,000 destinations in over 220 countries and territories, and employs 69,000 people. DHL is a privately owned company. Major shareholders are Deutsche Post World Net, Lufthansa, and Japan Airlines. In the Middle East, DHL was the first express company to operate in the region, in 1975. Four years later it established the region's first air express airline and was the first to register its freighter aircraft in the Gulf.