DOT limits scope of DHL inquiry

DOT limits scope of DHL inquiry

The U.S. Department of Transportation in a decision Thursday ordered the administrative law judge conducting the inquiry into the former DHL Airways to focus solely on the current ownership of the carrier.

The decision was a victory for Deutsche Post World Net, owner of DHL International, which had resisted efforts by the DOT, FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service to depose former executives of DHL Airways, now Astar Air Cargo, and Deutsche Post executives in the probe.

But the decision also was a win for FedEx and UPS, as the DOT dismissed Astar's motion to terminate the proceedings. The agency also said it would defer its determination on the legitimacy of Astar's citizenship until the administrative law judge, Ronnie L. Yoder, issues his recommendations. In addition, it extended Yoder's deadline from Oct. 31 to Dec. 1. Yoder had asked for a three-month extension.