DHL Express has
announced that it is investing EUR 690 million between 2020 and 2022 to build
or expand its facilities in key growth markets of Australia, Japan, Hong Kong
S.A.R. and South Korea.
intends to spend close to EUR 60 million to bolster its Asia Pacific air network
such as introducing direct, new (e.g. Vientiane, Yangon), and frequent (e.g.
Oceania) flight routes.
These investments are a testament to our continued confidence in the
expects shipment volumes in the Asia Pacific to be 30-40 percent larger than
last year’s peak season, which typically starts around November and lasts until
Lunar New Year. “These investments are a testament to our continued confidence
in the region. They are crucial not only in the near term as we expect to tackle
an unusually strong peak season, but it will make sure that we are
well-positioned in the long run to keep global trade running as e-commerce and
cross-border trade grow,” said Ken Lee, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific.
Since the start of
2020, DHL Express has experienced a 50 percent surge in e-commerce shipments in
the Asia Pacific (excluding China).
North Asia investments in expansions
Distribution Center in Japan scheduled to be opened by the end of 2020 will be
DHL Express’ largest distribution facility in the country. With an investment
of EUR 71.4 million, it will have 21,000 square meters (sqm) of floor space and
is equipped with a state-of-the-art sorting system and X-ray inspection
Central Asia Hub (CAH) in Hong Kong S.A.R., one of DHL Express’ three global
hubs, has a EUR 377 million expansion underway that will boost warehouse space
by 50 percent to 47,000 sqm and increase the hub’s annual throughput to 125,000
pieces per hour. This means that the hub will be handling six times more in
terms of shipment volume than when it was first opened in 2004.
Furthermore, a EUR
131 million planned investment in a gateway facility in Incheon, Seoul, South
Korea will boost shipment processing capacity by approximately 160 percent,
equipping it to service demand from some of the region’s most advanced
economies. The expansion will almost triple the facility’s gross floor area to
58,700 sqm, making it DHL Express’ largest gateway in Asia Pacific.