Monday, May 14, 2012

New Logistics Facility for Air Freight in Brussels

DHL to Open Cargo Terminal at Brucargo
Shipping News Feature

BELGIUM – Brussels Airport is the scene for the latest logistics warehouse development by German freight giant DHL Global Forwarding in a project which will collate the entire Deutsche Post-DHL Group subsidiary’s air freight activities under one roof at Brucargo West. The new terminal will occupy a 54,000 square metre site with 23,000 of that taken up by the warehousing complex.

With a claimed investment of €27 million DHL says it will strengthen the status of the cargo area and Brussels Airport, already a major driver of the country’s economy, as a key employment platform. DHL says that the state of the art logistics centre will be ideally situated in this strategically important region, providing the best infrastructure for DHL Global Forwarding's air freight activities whilst meeting the most stringent air freight safety requirements and complying with TAPA  security standards.

Once again the company emphasises the benefit to life science customers, a key area for air freight forwarders nowadays, by incorporating a 1,750m² temperature-controlled area meeting the highest GDP standards. Deutsche Post DHL's GoGreen environmental protection program has been considered and the project represents a green investment for DHL Global Forwarding, involving the deployment of environmental technologies including solar panels installations and water recovery systems. Arnaud Feist, CEO Brussels Airport, said:

"We are very pleased that a key partner such as DHL Global Forwarding did choose again for Brucargo and Brussels Airport. The extensive freight capacity available on our many long-haul passenger and freight flights with Brucargo's unique geographic location are definitely key assets. Today Brucargo houses many important players in the air freight chain including forwarders, road transport companies, handling firms and airlines alongside central and operational services, such as the customs authorities and the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain.

“The new direct connection between the E19 high way and Brucargo with its own access and exit system, is crucial for stakeholders such as DHL Global Forwarding seen the intensity of the traffic flows. DHL Global Forwarding's continued presence brings a significant added value."