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DHL opens Asian hub in Singapore

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DHL Express has launched a €85 million (AUD$121 million) 24-hour express hub facility located within Changi Airfreight Centre (CAC) at Singapore's Changi Airport.

The 23,600 sqm facility is outfitted with the industry’s first fully automated express parcel sorting and processing system in South Asia, and is set to boost its operational capacity and efficiency, says DHL.

The opening of the new facility is timely as DHL has recorded healthy shipment growth in recent years, particularly in the southern part of Asia Pacific. Between 2012 and 2015, the average daily shipments for Oceania grew approximately 50 per cent, South Asia at 30 per cent and Southeast Asia rose 25 per cent. This facility is 33 per cent larger than the previous hub, providing DHL with additional capacity to handle the growing shipment volumes for regional and international destinations. The hub is said to improve the flow of goods between aircraft and the facility, and allows consignments to be shipped or transshipped within an hour.

“The DHL South Asia Hub is a significant milestone in further enhancing our multi-hub strategy in the region,” says Ken Lee, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific. “With four hubs in Asia Pacific – Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Bangkok – this links over 70 DHL Express Gateways located throughout the region. Together, these facilities reinforce our customer commitment to provide the most efficient international express connectivity between key markets in the region. This will also allow us to add more network flights in and out of Singapore, such as the recent introduction of the Phnom Penh-Bangkok flight that adds to our existing Bangkok-Singapore service, as regional trade continues to grow.”

The facility processes up to 24,000 shipments and documents per hour and can handle more than 628 tonnes of cargo during the peak processing window.

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