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FedEx Launches New Vietnam Service that Improves Transit to Malaysia by One Day

A water salute ceremony was held to welcome the first FedEx Boeing 767 Freighter that was used to kick-start the new flight in the evening of October 31, 2023.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 6, 2023 – FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, is further enhancing its intercontinental services between Vietnam and Malaysia as well as other markets in Asia, Middle East, Africa (AMEA) and Europe, with the introduction of a new flight offering faster transit times.

(From left to right) Gregory Harris, Principal Commercial Officer, U.S. Consulate General, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – Susan Burns, Consul General, U.S. Consulate General, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – Tran Phuoc Anh, Director General of the Department of Foreign Affairs – Audrey Cheong, VP, Operations, FedEx Express, Southeast Asia – Nick Swift, VP, Sales, FedEx Express, North Pacific, Southeast Asia and Australasia – Ee-Hui Tan, Managing Director, FedEx Express, Vietnam & Cambodia – Phan Quoc Tuan, CEO, Seaborne – Van Trong Nhan, Official of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Foreign Affairs – Choo Pin, Managing Director, Government Affairs, FedEx Express, AMEA posing in front of a FedEx Boeing 767 Freighter.

Effective October 31, 2023, the new flight will use a dedicated B767 freighter flying four evenings a week from Ho Chi Minh City connecting Asia and Europe through the FedEx Asia Pacific Hub in Guangzhou, China. Exporters shipping from Southern Vietnam will benefit from faster transit times for shipments to Malaysia and major Asian markets in just one business day and two business days to Europe*.

These new flights offer additional capacity on top of the current five flights to Asia, Europe and the US — four daily morning flights through the FedEx South Pacific Hub in Singapore and one current evening flight through the Asia Pacific Hub. With a total of nine weekly flights departing from Ho Chi Minh City, FedEx continues to support businesses in tapping the huge growth potential in the region.

Mr. Tran Phuoc Anh, Director General of the Department of Foreign Affairs commended FedEx for demonstrating its trust in Vietnam’s economic potential and business environment in his speech.

Southeast Asia’s manufacturing hubs are growing and diversifying to include increasingly higher-value goods and services. Multilateral free trade agreements like CPTPP and RCEP[1] are creating close-knit ties that are helping make the region an increasingly important trading partner.

“We continue to transform our air network to offer differentiated service for our customers and that includes building capacity and creating faster connections to meet demand,” said Kawal Preet, president of Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa region, FedEx Express. “The Tiger Economies of Southeast Asia continue to grow at an accelerated pace, with a forecast of 4.9% growth in 2024.[2] What we see happening in Vietnam is a great example of these regional trends.  Our enhanced service in Vietnam is part of our journey to build a more flexible, efficient, and intelligent network and deliver an outstanding customer experience.”

“The improved transit time from Vietnam to Malaysia will encourage more trade between the two markets,” said Tien Long Woon, managing director of FedEx Express Malaysia. “This is crucial considering the growing trade between the two countries, which reached USD19.44 billion in 2022[3], making Vietnam the tenth-largest trading partner of Malaysia[4]. This service enhancement is part of our continuous efforts to provide Malaysian businesses with differentiated solutions that enable them to expand to more overseas markets.”

FedEx has been supporting cross-border trade to and from Vietnam since it established operations in the country in 1994. With the new flight, local businesses serving international customers may gain a competitive edge with expedited delivery times. This latest announcement underscores the company’s dedication to improving services in Vietnam and strengthening operations across the AMEA region.

[1] Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

* Transit times may vary depending on specific origin and destination postal codes.

[2] Asian Development Bank, Outlook July 2023.

[3] [3] MATRADE Facilitates Trade Deals Through High-Level Engagements With Vietnamese Companies – MATRADE

[4] [4] Malaysia’s Top Trading Partners 2022 (worldstopexports.com)


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