DHL expands in Seattle

DHL has expanded its operations in Seattle with the opening of a new service centre facility. The US$4m investment was primarily driven by demand and growth in international shipping by local businesses trading internationally, e-commerce shipping, as well as technology/software companies and retailers based in Washington State.

Located near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the new 26,000 sq ft facility can process 1,000 pieces per hour. It serves greater Seattle and outlying areas for pickup, delivery and sorting operations of international shipments. The centre complements a 42,000 sq ft DHL service centre facility south of downtown Seattle on East Marginal Way.

Now with two facilities that expand the company’s local footprint and capacity, DHL can provide earlier delivery times and later cut-off times for its international customers. Both service centres also provide base operations for DHL Express services throughout Washington State. The facility handles a variety of shipments, including international small parcels as well as palletized and container freight.

“Our new facility near the airport provides DHL with growth opportunities as we continue to expand our footprint in the region,” stated John Cornish, General Manager for DHL Express U.S. “Seattle is home to some of the largest and most successful companies in the world, as well as many growing tech firms. Our import and export customers will appreciate the service benefits as well as another convenient service pickup and drop off point.”

In May 2016, DHL moved from King County International Airport (Boeing Field), to SeaTac, a Category 1 airport, which improved service by increasing the capability for accepting inbound aircraft in inclement weather. DHL operates 20 flights per week from SeaTac Airport using Boeing 757 and 767 freighter aircraft, in addition to 10 feeder flights to and from Spokane in eastern Washington.

Source: DHL Express