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DHL announces EUR335m investment to expand Central Asia Hub in Hong Kong

LBR Staff Writer Published 15 November 2017

DHL Express, along with the Airport Authority Hong Kong, will invest around €335m for expanding its Central Asia Hub (CAH) in Hong Kong.

The expanded CAH will enable DHL to handle more shipment volumes across the Asia-Pacific region.

The scope of the expansion includes the installation of an advanced material handling system, which will help increase the productivity and throughput capacity of the hub from the current 75,000 pieces of shipments per hour to 125,000 pieces per hour.

Once fully operational, the expanded CAH’s throughput is expected to increase by 50% to 1.06 million tons per annum.

Expected to become operational in the first quarter of 2022, the expanded CAH will help DHL meet the growing demand in the Pan-Pearl River Delta (PPRD) region.

The expanded CAH will feature advanced security system and access control system. It will also include quality control center (QCC) to monitor flight uplift/landing times in real time and trace irregularities on the spot.

The QCC will be connected to the Asia Pacific Network Control Centre in Hong Kong, in addition to more than 70 gateways and over 500 service centers in 40 cities in other Asian countries.

DHL Express CEO Ken Allen said: “Given the expected rise in international e-commerce and intra-Asian trade, DHL is committed to strengthening our global network and services.”

DHL Express Asia Pacific CEO Ken Lee 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.”

Image: DHL Express has partnered with Airport Authority Hong Kong to expand Central Asia Hub. Photo: courtesy of Deutsche Post AG.