DHL Express is planning a $370 million expansion of its Central Asia Hub (CAH) at Hong Kong’s international airport.
The expansion will deliver about a 50 percent increase in warehouse space to 47,000 square meters.
The package hub has recorded an average 12 percent year-on-year growth in shipping volume over the past decade. As one of three global hubs for DHL, the expanded facility will handle more than 40 percent of the company’s total Asia Pacific shipment volumes.
The expanded CAH will be equipped with a material handling system to improve productivity and increase the hub's throughput capacity from the current 75,000 pieces per hour to 125,000. At full capacity, the annual throughput is expected to go up by 50 percent to 1.06 million tonnes.
Already a TAPA Class A-certified facility, the expanded CAH will boast a state-of-the-art security system with a total of 520 CCTV cameras and an advanced access control system.
The CAH also features a quality control center (QCC) that monitors flight uplift/landing times in real time, reporting any irregularities on the spot, which enables DHL to notify customers of flight delays or cancellations. The QCC is linked to more than 70 gateways and over 500 service centers in over 40 cities in other Asian countries.
Intra-Asian trade currently contributes more than 40 percent of DHL’s revenue in Asia Pacific.
The expanded CAH is expected to begin operations in Q1 2022, in step with the expected completion of the Three Runway System for Hong Kong International Airport in 2024.