DHL Express has announced that it has invested more than US$78m to renovate and expand its existing hub facility at the Miami International Airport.
As the holiday season approaches, the investments come at an opportune time. DHL Express expects shipment growth (YoY) throughout the Americas region during the upcoming peak holiday season. Looking at the last two years and trends as a result of the pandemic with the surge in online consumer purchasing, the Americas region countries experienced an average B2C shipment growth of 44% in 2020 (YoY), and 21% in 2021 (YTD Sept.).
The investment, which is part of a US$360m plan for the region to increase volume capacity in the DHL Express Americas network by nearly 30% by the end of 2022, includes a fully automated package sort system. The new automation increased the facility’s sorting capacity per hour. With nearly twofold warehouse space – now 206,000 sq ft — and more load positions for conveyable packages, the space fully accommodates the increased volumes ahead of the peak season.
With its focus on safety and security, DHL also installed two Automated Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) Machines (RTT™) at the Hub, which provides 3D CT images and enables advanced automated explosives detection in a high speed in-line system at the first level of screening.
DHL Express now operates an average of 193 weekly flights (arrivals and departures) at the Miami hub, through a combination of aircraft. Miami International Airport continues to offer DHL Express the benefits it needs to meet the growing demands of its international shipping customers, including in-house Customs brokers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel working on site to facilitate faster shipment clearance.
In September 2021, DHL Express launched a new facility in Hamilton, Ontario, where it invested CA$100m to build the new facility.
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