Leading global logistics company DHL has opened its new Canberra express shipments facility to cater for local businesses importing and exporting from Australia.
The new facility is designed to support increases in volumes in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and beyond, as DHL Express continues to experience double digit growth in Australia.
Strategically located in Fyshwick, the 1,130 sqm facility is three times the size of the previous facility and will employ about 30 people. Daily connections are provided with the company’s major international gateway in Sydney.
DHL has invested $1.8 million in the new facility.
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr opened the new facility and welcomed the company’s ongoing investment in Canberra, which will enable further development of international trade links.
“As we diversify and grow our economy, it’s great to have companies like DHL Express making investments to strengthen our international connections,” Mr Barr said.
“In September we’ll welcome international flights to Canberra Airport for the first time, this new facility will increase our freight capacity and help us take advantage of the new opportunities international flights will bring.”
State-of-the-art technologies have been installed in the new DHL service center including a new automated belting system that enables direct loading by couriers, considerably speeding up the processing time.
As part of DHL’s GoGreen program, the company has installed environmentally friendly technologies such as sensor LED lighting, reducing carbon emissions by almost 50 per cent.
Gary Edstein, Senior Vice President of DHL Express Oceania, said: “Canberra is an important location for us and we’ve been servicing the ACT for more than 40 years.
“We facilitate trade for a broad range of long-standing customers – spanning SMEs to large corporations and government departments – who rely on us for time-critical international deliveries.
“Our new Canberra facility triples our capacity and highlights the growth we’re experiencing in international trade volumes in and out of Australia.”
Located centrally at 134-136 Gladstone Street, Fyshwick, the facility serves as a pick-up, delivery and sorting centre.