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Aug 17, 2010 (LBO) – Logistics firm DHL has launched a direct Less-than-Container Load (LCL) service from Colombo and Singapore to Koper, Slovenia, improving connectivity with Eastern Europe, a statement said. The direct service, operated by Danmar Lines, DHL Global Forwarding’s in-house carrier, will shorten transit time between Sri Lanka and Singapore with Slovenia.

“Small and medium enterprises, in particular, will benefit from the shorter transit times,” the statement said.

The direct LCL service connecting Colombo and Koper will, in no small measure, enable our customers in Sri Lanka to access new markets in Europe,” said Najeeb-ur Rahman, Country Manager, DHL Global Forwarding Lanka.

Customers in Colombo can expect their shipments to arrive in Koper in 15 days, saving up to seven days in transit time as cargo is shipped directly from Colombo to Koper.

From Koper, the shipments are distributed to neighbouring countries via DHL’s trucking network.

Among Sri Lanka’s top exports to Slovenia last year were apparel and clothing accessories, fruits and nuts, games, rubber, sports equipment, toys and vegetable textile fibres.

Top imports included boilers, electrical mach