DHL opens Jebel Ali express facility

In order to cope with a rising demand in express services, DHL is to open a logistics centre as part of its five year expansion plan.

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By  Laura Barnes Published  March 2, 2005

DHL is to open a 6000 square metre express logistics centre at Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) next month, at a cost of US $3.5 million. The warehouse will be four times larger than the existing facility in order to cope with the express growth within the region and has been said by DHL to become a ‘hub for fast moving, express goods.’ “It will not be used as a long-term storage building, instead it will be a fast moving express centre. For instance, a shipment may arrive at Jebel Ali by sea or air and what we will do is store the goods for a minimum time as we will be dealing with fast moving commodities,” said Geoff Walsh, country operations manager, DHL UAE. “With this new facility we are trying to be ahead of the game and give the customer the options they want before they know that they want them,” Walsh added. The facility will contain a logistics racking division as well as two sections for its core business of documents and small parcels and also for its trucking business which will contain purpose built loading bays to cope with the volume and expected growth in volume across the region. The opening of the facility is the first of a three phase five year DHL/Jebel Ali development programme. Phase two of the programme is set to commence next year with a proposed 20,000 square metre warehouse within JAFZA. “This major new investment has been necessitated by constant growth in our business out of Jebel Ali, which has recorded consistent 20% year-on-year growth since it opened five years ago,” said David Wild, general manager, DHL UAE. The express logistics facility will manage and process throughput arriving in Jebel Ali by road, air or sea for rapid distribution by road or air. “We already have a robust road capability out of Jebel Ali with our truck movements out of JAFZA also on the rise, increasing from one or two a day last year to 15 a day this year. We also hope to further improve our JAFZA offering with the planned introduction of a specialised pallet express service,” added Wild. Jebel Ali is key to DHLs operations in the region as it acts as a gateway to the rest of the Gulf. Additionally, with 60% of all inbound material for the Middle East coming through Jebel Ali, DHL sees its presence there as vital to its future growth in the area. “Because of the presence that we already have in Jebel Ali and our uplift capacity and vehicle capacity, we tend to get a lot of business from here. Our business however, is changing and growing as the express market grows in size and weight, and so we need to be able to facilitate this growth,” added Walsh.

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