DHL opens $35m air export facility in Chicago


DHL Global Forwarding announced that it has completed the construction of its new $35m facility in Chicago, US. The three-story building has 491,000 sq ft of office and warehouse space. It is located in the Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s cargo zone and will operate as an air export gateway.

The building took one year to build and will house 500 employees. It is a bonded container freight station with a portion of the building designated as a foreign trade zone.

“This inauguration represents an important moment in DHL’s history because it is the culmination of a meticulously planned facility that will further solidify our market leadership position in the logistics industry, and will offer all the necessary features and services to help our customers grow,” said Christoph Remund, Chief Executive Officer for DHL Global Forwarding.

The building contains two temperature controlled chambers (+15° to +25°C and +2° to +8°C) that together measure close to 10,000 sq ft and a 999 sq ft ambient receiving area, built with variable temperature capabilities to process any pharmaceutical, biotech or medical devices that require a temperature-controlled environment and two dedicated truck docks. The new facility in Chicago is also established as a certified life sciences station to support DHL’s THERMONET solution for temperature controlled air freight transportation. It is one of eight certified life sciences stations in the US completed thus far, with specific storage capabilities dedicated for life science and healthcare goods.

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