Package shipment with TNT

Interesting Facts about TNT

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  • TNT offers national and international express services between commercial customers. The company, headquartered in Hoofddorp, Netherlands, employs around 65,000 employees all over the world.
  • TNT is present with its own organisational capacity in 65 countries, transporting packages, documents and freight to and from more than 200 countries. The overall turnover in 2016 was around 6.3 billion euros.
  • In the national express shipment sector, as well as in several other countries, deliveries in economic centres are possible as early as 8 o’clock, and as late as 9, 10 or 12 o’clock overall.
  • In the international express shipment sector, delivery takes place in most countries as early as on the next business day after the order is placed. In some countries, delivery is also possible as late as 9, 10 or 12 o’clock.

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TNT at a Glance


TNT employs around 58,000 people.

Company headquarters

TNT’s headquarters are located in Hoofddorp (Netherlands).

Turnover 2016

In 2016, TNT made around 6.3 billion euros in revenue.


TNT’s CEO is Tex Gunning.

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The Founding of TNT

In 1946, Ken Thomas founded K.W. Transport with one truck at the age of 33. Initially, the company offered deliveries between Melbourne and Sydney. In the 1950s, the Australian transport industry boomed, prompting Thomas to rename K.W. Transport to Thomas Nationwide Transport (TNT) in 1958. The Australian transport business also included the Australian company Alltrans, founded in 1950.

The two companies merged in 1967, offering their services jointly under the name TNT. The state-run Dutch postal company Koninklijke PTT Nederland (KPN) was privatised in 1989 and renamed to PTT Nederland.  At the end of 1996, PTT Nederland then took over the Australian TNT.

Failed takeover by UPS

In February of 2012, TNT announced that the American logistics company UPS had made an offer to take over the Dutch express service provider for 9 euros per share – 4.9 billion euros overall. TNT initially declined this offer, claiming it wasn’t enough. On the 19th of March, however, the two companies announced that they had reached an agreement. TNT was to be sold to UPS for 9.50 euros per share – 5.2 billion euros overall.

In Europe, the TNT takeover would have made UPS a competitor to the Deutsche Post DHL. The planned merger was then reviewed by the European Commission. In October of 2012, it informed the companies of its competition-related concerns surrounding the deal. The number of large express and package service providers in 15 of the then-27 EU member states would have been limited to two or three companies. In the eyes of the EU Commission, this meant too little competition. In April, UPS appealed this decision. According to insiders, the package service provider wanted to ensure that no precedent affecting future takeovers would be set. However, the company itself stated that it had given up its goal of taking over TNT.

On the 7th of April, 2015, the American logistics company FedEx announced that it wanted to take over TNT Express for 4.4 billion euros. This meant a price of 8 euros per share. TNT Express, FedEx and Post NL, whose 15-percent stake makes it TNT Express’ largest single shareholder, have already agreed on the terms of a takeover. The deal is planned for completion in the first half of 2016 and is still under review by antitrust authorities.

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Do you have questions on shipping with TNT?

Are customs fees applied?

With international package shipments, the recipient must pay customs fees before the package is released. The amount of customs fees varies from country to country.


Do I need documents when I ship my package internationally?

All packages, large or small, that are shipped internationally need a customs declaration describing their contents.

Always make your statements in English.

What value of the package do I have to indicate ?

The value provided should correspond to the value of the package’s contents. You should be able to prove the value of your goods at any time via a receipt or an invoice.


Do I have to describe the contents of my package?

The more exact your description is, the less likely it is that your package will be opened during customs processing.

Avoid general terms such as clothing or auto parts!

When dealing with multiple objects, always describe the contents of your package individually.

Always provide descriptions of contents in English.

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