DHL Express opens expanded global hub

DHL HongKong

In the wake of increased global trade, DHL Express has launched its expanded Central Asia Hub (CAH) in Hong Kong.

The total investment for CAH to date has reached €562 million since its establishment in 2004, highlighting DHL’s commitment to growth opportunities in Asia Pacific, the company said.

The hub is one of three DHL Express global hubs connecting Asia Pacific with the rest of the world, with its peak shipment handling capacity now increased by almost 70 percent. At its full capacity, the hub can handle six times more shipment volume than when it was first established in 2004.

“We have invested more than €1.8 billion into our three global hubs, demonstrating our commitment to support our customers’ growth as they expand globally,” said DHL Express CEO, John Pearson. “CAH is important to our customers in Asia and globally, as it handles close to 20 per cent of DHL Express global shipment volume. While global trade is normalising following a pandemic boom, our investments today will improve our global and regional network, putting us in an excellent place when global trade recovers.”

DHL Express’s Asia Pacific air network operates on a multi-hub strategy, supported by four hubs – CAH in Hong Kong, North Asia Hub in Shanghai, South Asia Hub in Singapore and Bangkok Hub, linking to approximately 900 DHL Express facilities in the region.

“Asia is home to some of the fastest growing markets in the world,” said CEO for DHL Express Asia Pacific, Ken Lee. ” Since it was established in 2004, we have seen a continued increase in air cargo demand driven by trade between Asia and other regions, and cross-border e-commerce. Even as global trade normalises after the pandemic, we have seen over 30 percent growth in throughput between Asia and other continents in the first three quarters of 2023 when compared with the same period in 2019, far exceeding the pre-Covid level.

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