DHL Express has inaugurated its South Asia Hub at Singapore Changi Airport.
The €5 million (US$5.5 million), 23,600-square-metre facility is located at the Changi Airfreight Centre and features the first fully automated express parcel sorting and processing system in South Asia.
“Over the years, we’ve invested significantly to bolster our network and services in Asia Pacific,” said Ken Allen, CEO of DHL Express. “Our investment in the DHL South Asia Hub is the most recent in a series of global network investments made, and is the largest infrastructural investment made in Singapore to date. The country’s strategic location not only boosts our operational network capabilities, but also supports growing trade in the region aided by a stronger global economy.”
According to DHL, the 24-hour facility is 33 percent larger than the previous hub. It is also six times faster, being capable of processing up to 24,000 shipments and documents per hour and handling more than 628 tonnes of cargo during the peak processing window.
“The DHL South Asia Hub is a significant milestone in further enhancing our multi-hub strategy in the region,” said Ken Lee, CEO of 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.”
Between 2012 and 2015, the average number of shipments per day grew by 50 percent for Oceania, 30 percent for South Asia and 25 percent for Southeast Asia, according to DHL.