DHL vs FedEx

Do you want to send a package and are you curious about the difference between DHL vs FedEx? Below we explain the differences and you will discover more about the carriers DHL and FedEx.

Chantal van Thiel

Chantal has been writing about logistics topics for almost two decades and has worked for major international carriers.

DHL vs FedEx: What are the differences and similarities?

Do you want to send a package and are curious about the differences and similarities between DHL and FedEx? Below, you can read more about these carriers.

What is the similarity between DHL and FedEx?

The biggest similarity is that both are international courier services. Want to send a package by express, i.e., with a courier? With an international destination, such as America? Then you can choose either DHL or FedEx.

Shipping with FedEx

FedEx is a carrier that offers a wide range of shipping, e-commerce, and supply chain solutions to businesses and individuals worldwide. The company was founded in 1971 by Fredrick W. Smith and is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, United States.

FedEx has a large fleet of airplanes and trucks to deliver packages and freight to destinations in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. Services include overnight delivery, international express delivery, ground transport, freight transport, e-commerce solutions, and logistic support.

Shipping with DHL

DHL Express focuses on sending packages with fast delivery, as the name suggests. To guarantee this speed, DHL uses its own network and an internal customs department. And works with its own vehicles (vans, trucks), own airplanes, and own people. DHL has its own network which ensures your package is delivered quickly. A document to America can be delivered within 24 hours, and an import shipment from Hong Kong as well.

DHL is one of the largest logistics companies in the world and was founded in 1969 by Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom, and Robert Lynn. The name DHL is derived from the surnames of the founders. The company is now part of the Deutsche Post DHL Group and has a global reach with more than 380,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories.

DHL vs FedEx: Which carrier do I choose for international shipments?

Both DHL and FedEx ship worldwide. For international shipping, DHL has an edge over FedEx, as it has the strongest international logistics network. FedEx, on the other hand, has a lot of experience with shipments to and in America and Canada, especially in the area of domestic delivery.

In terms of speed, the difference is not significant. The fastest shipping service from DHL is DHL Express with estimated delivery times up to 3 working days. With FedEx priority, the shipment can be at the destination in Asia, Canada, Europe, and the US in 1-3 working days. But there are also faster solutions for an extra price, such as FedEx international first. More information can be found in this overview of carriers for business packages.

Shipping with FedEx or DHL?

As you can see, the choice between FedEx or DHL Express depends on your preference. On our website, you can read more about sending a package with DHL or sending a package with FedEx.

DHL vs FedEx costs

With our comparison tool, you can get an overview of the costs of DHL vs FedEx in just a few clicks. Fill in information about your shipment at the bottom of this page, such as dimensions and destination, and then choose your best option.

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