Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Express Air Freight Carrier Expands US Logistics Hub

More Investment in Cargo Facility with Controversial History
Shipping News Feature

US – DHL has announced a further expansion at its Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky airport (CVG) air freight hub with a statement saying it will inject $108 million into the development. The last time we announced expansion of the site we were forced to cease our comments facility due to the numerous, vitriolic e mails received from ex DHL workers who complained of their treatment when the logistics firm closed its facility at Wilmington with the reported loss of 7,000 local jobs, something said to have affected one family in three in the small town.

Times however were different then, DHL was facing an uphill struggle to compete in air traffic with FedEx and UPS, since the controversial transfer to Cincinnati six years ago the operation seems to have prospered and the latest expansion will provide more gates to accommodate additional aircraft, warehouse space and new equipment to provide more capacity for sorting shipments as well as unloading and reloading planes.

From the CVG hub, one of three DHL global hubs the others being in Leipzig and Hong Kong, import and export cargo links to and from the United States via the DHL global network which spans Asia, Europe and the Americas. Processing approximately 46 million international shipments annually, the CVG hub handles and redirects shipments bound for the US, Canada, Mexico and Latin America.

With this new investment, DHL will have invested $280 million in the CVG hub since that contentious relocation, with staff employed on site growing from an initial 1,600 to today’s 2,000 or so. Stephen Fenwick, CEO, DHL Express Americas commented:

"This multi-million dollar investment underscores the DHL commitment to the US market and the integral role that our hub here plays in connecting the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky region to our global network. The expansion and service enhancements from this investment will provide additional infrastructure and efficiency. This in turn will support the continued growth in international shipments that we're seeing as well as add to the economic well-being of this region."