14 November 2017

Logistics Giant Invest Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Asian Freight Hub  

DHL Say Volume Growth Drives Huge Investment

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Shipping News Feature GERMANY – HONG KONG – DHL Express has announced a €335 million expansion plan for its Central Asia Hub, in partnership with the Airport Authority Hong Kong. This multi-year expansion brings DHL's commitment to this strategic hub to over €520 million, making it the largest infrastructural investment by DHL Express in Asia Pacific to date.

The expansion is timely as the hub has recorded an average 12% year-on-year growth in its shipping volume in the past decade. As one of three global hubs for DHL, the expanded Central Asia Hub will continue to act as the core hub of the DHL Express global and Asia Pacific regional network, handling more than 40% of its total Asia Pacific shipment volumes. Ken Allen, CEO of DHL Express, commented:

"Given the expected rise in international e-commerce and intra-Asian trade, DHL is committed to strengthening our global network and services. Based in a strategically important location to DHL, the expanded Central Asia Hub in Hong Kong will not only bolster our operational capacity in Asia Pacific, but also facilitate the rapidly-growing international trade demands in the region and around the world."

The expanded hub will be equipped with an enhanced material handling system that will improve productivity and increase the hub's throughput capacity, from the current 75,000 pieces of shipments per hour to 125,000 pieces per hour. When operating at its full capacity, the annual throughput of the expanded facility is expected to go up by 50% to 1.06 million tonnes per annum. As a dedicated and purpose-built air express cargo facility at the Hong Kong International Airport, the expanded centre will handle six times more in terms of shipment volume than when it was first established in 2004. Ken Lee, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific, said:

"Connecting with more than 70 DHL Express gateways in the region, the Central Asia Hub plays a significant role in strengthening our existing network of hubs in Asia Pacific, including Shanghai, Singapore and Bangkok. The expansion will also help us capitalise the growth in intra-Asian trade lane that currently contributes to 40% of our revenue in Asia Pacific. Equipped with fully automated X-ray inspection machines, it will increase the speed of our shipment inspection by three times - enabling us to expedite the processing speed of shipments that come through the Central Asia Hub."

The expanded facility is expected to begin operations in the first quarter of 2022, in time to capture strong demand in the Pan-Pearl River Delta (PPRD) region and completion of the Three Runway System for the Hong Kong International Airport in 2024. The expansion of the hub will is estimated to deliver about a 50% increase in warehouse space to 47,000 square metres.

Already a TAPA Class A-certified facility, the expanded Central Asia Hub will boast a state-of-the-art security system with a total of 520 CCTV cameras and an advanced access control system. It also features a Quality Control Center (QCC) which monitors flight uplift/landing times in real time, reporting any irregularities on the spot, which in turn enables DHL to proactively notify customers in the event of flight delays or cancellations. The QCC is linked to the Asia Pacific Network Control Centre in Hong Kong and more than 70 gateways and over 500 service centres in over 40 cities in other Asian countries.

Photo: Alaina Shum, General Manager of Aviation Logistics at Airport Authority Hong Kong; Cissy Chan, Executive Director – Commercial at Airport Authority Hong Kong; Ken Lee, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific; Ken Allen, Global CEO of DHL Express (middle) and Fred Lam, CEO of Airport Authority Hong Kong (third from left); Sean Wall, Executive Vice President of Network Operations and Aviation at DHL Express Asia Pacific; and Tony Khan, General Manager of DHL Central Asia Hub.

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