From delivering nine gorillas across two continents to transporting the Webb Ellis rugby trophy and a specific heart internal defibrillator, DHL’s deliveries just got unusual and stranger as the year 2013 progressed.
In addition to these global shipments, a few more interesting packages which were delivered closer to home have come to light and are worth mentioning.
Sumesh Rahavendra, DHL Express sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) head of marketing, said there has been an increase in quirky, strange delivery within the SSA region with each passing year.
He said it is now becoming an increasingly interesting exercise to pin-point which deliveries stand out above the rest.
“One unique shipment to mention is a 32kg consignment of Haggis which was moved from the UK to Tanzania for an event,” he explained in a statement.
“The Scottish delicacy was swiftly transported through customs and delivered in time for the prestigious event,”
In Kenya, live human eyes are transported on a regular basis. ”Understandably, the corneas have an extremely short life span and are therefore highly perishable, which possess a significant challenge to us.
“What adds to the complexity is the fact that the recipient is booked and prepped for surgery while the cornea is in transit.
” The successes of these deliveries rely on prior customs releases, dedicated delivery vehicles and a passionate team of certified international specialists on the ground, he said.
“When there is no margin for error and the result could affect another person’s opportunity for sight, every stop is pulled out from pick-up to delivery.”
Another unusual personal delivery was for a customer who shipped his laundry from the United Kingdom to a Southern African country….for dry cleaning, he said.
For many people, a wedding is one of the most important and special days of their life, and the price of one’s happiness on ‘the big day’ is immeasurable, Rahavendra said.
“In light of this, 1.7 tons of fresh flowers were sent from Johannesburg to Douala in Cameroon for such an occasion. “This personal request came from a customer whose two sons were getting married on the same day.
“Fast forward a few short hours, and a splendor of colour was delivered to the event in time for the all important nuptials.”