FedEx Express recently completed a major expansion of its air cargo hub located at Miami International Airport. The $72.2m expansion adds more than 138,000 sq ft to the main sort facility, bringing it to a total of more than 282,000 sq ft. The enhancements include a new customs clearance area and a new 70,000 sq ft cold chain facility. The expansion will create hundreds of new jobs at the hub during the holiday season.
The expansion will increase capacity and capabilities at the company’s Americas gateway, which connects the U.S. and Canada to Latin America and the Caribbean. The expansion of the customs clearance area will help accelerate international operations as it will shorten the times throughout the entire customs clearance process. The cold chain facility is comprised of multiple rooms ranging from -13 degrees Fahrenheit to 77 degrees Fahrenheit that will accommodate growing demand for transportation of perishables such as flowers and food, as well as pharmaceuticals and therapeutics.
Between 2019 and 2020, FedEx shipping volume through Miami-Dade County, Florida grew by 30.9%. Planned capital improvement projects, such as the expansion at Miami International Airport, will enable the company keep pace with demand.
“Miami has always been critical to our operations, serving as our largest gateway connecting markets across North and South America,” said Juan Cento, Regional President, FedEx Express Latin America and the Caribbean. “The added cold chain capacities will enable us to expand verticals in the Latin American region that require refrigeration, and the new customs clearance space will help expedite trade in and out of the busy air cargo port.”
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