TNT Express

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TNT Express N.V.
Type Naamloze vennootschap
Traded as EuronextTNTE
Industry Courier
Predecessors TNT N.V.
Founded 26 May 2011 (as standalone company)
Headquarters Hoofddorp, Netherlands
Key people Tex Gunning (CEO), Maarten de Vries (CFO), Antony Burgmans (Chairman of the supervisory board)
Services Express and freight delivery services, charter airline
Revenue €6.693 billion (2013)[1]
Fairchild Metro III operated by Australian cargo airline Pel-Air in TNT colours
A TNT Mercedes-Benz Axor articulated truck in Plymouth, England
A TNT Smith Newton battery-electric truck in Oxford, England

TNT Express N.V. is an international courier delivery services company with headquarters in Hoofddorp, Netherlands. The firm has fully owned operations in 63 countries and delivers documents, parcels and pieces of freight to over 200 countries. The company recorded sales of over €6.69 billion in 2013.

The name TNT is short for Thomas Nationwide Transport, after Ken Thomas, an Australian businessman who, in 1946, set up his own transport business with just a single truck.[2]

Formerly an operating division of TNT N.V., TNT Express was demerged from its parent company on 26 May 2011, taking a listing on the Euronext Amsterdam Stock Exchange.[3] TNT N.V. subsequently renamed itself PostNL.

Its major competitors include United Parcel Service (UPS), FedEx and DHL. TNT Express aircraft operate under the IATA code of TAY (TNT Airways).

On March 19, 2012, UPS announced its intention to acquire TNT Express for USD 6.7B.[4] However, the deal fell through in January 2013 after it was announced that UPS had failed to obtain permission from the European Commission and as such had been blocked on competition grounds.[5]


The company operates road and air transportation networks in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas.


  1. ^ "Annual Report 2013". TNT Express. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "History of TNT". TNT Express. 
  3. ^ Steinglass, Matt (26 May 2011). "TNT Express to focus on emerging markets". Financial Times. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "UPS agrees to buy TNT Express for $6.7B". USA Today. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Major Express Freight and Logistics Merger Torpedoed by European Commission". Handy Shipping Guide. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 

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