United Parcel Service has come up empty in its nearly seven-month-long attempt to block DHL Worldwide Express Inc. from having air-freight forwarding operations in the United States.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) said it is in the public interest to affirm the agency’s previous decision to grant DHL an air-freight forwarding license in the U.S.
DOT’s ruling concludes a proceeding brought by UPS to revoke DHL’s foreign air-freight forwarding license granted last November because of DHL’s ties to Deutsche Post, Germany’s postal service, which UPS accused of using unfair business tactics.
DOT said it has granted operating authority to many foreign air carriers with stronger government ties than the one between DHL and Deutsche Post and that, “there is no evidence on the record that there has been any unfair competition in the U.S. market by these foreign air-freight forwarders.”
DOT added that there was no evidence that Deutsche Post is subsidizing DHL’s operation or otherwise diverting its assets to DHL to provide it with an unfair competitive advantage over U.S. carriers.