DHL Express upsizes at Paris CDG

By Rachelle Harry

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DHL Express has opened a new international hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG), which is ten times larger than its old site at the airport.

The €170m, 32,000 sq m facility will support e-commerce growth in Europe and the rest of the world, as well as creating 239 new jobs.

The new facility will also be able to process 15 times more parcels than the previous facility – around 38,000 per hour.

The company said that in 2020, e-commerce enabled DHL Express France to grow its volumes by around 8% compared with 2019.

“With the recovery of trade for its long-standing B2B customers, activity at DHL Express is intensifying in 2021,” the company added.

John Pearson, chief executive DHL Express, explained: “The DHL Express hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport will play a key role in our international network. This is the fourth largest hub in our European network in terms of size and parcel processing volume, after Leipzig, East Midlands and Brussels. It is one of our 23 hubs around the world, 12 of which are in Europe.

He added: “The hub is a nerve centre for our network in France, but also in Europe. This new location comes at the right time, as e-commerce is booming. The trend was already under way, but has accelerated with the Covid-19 pandemic and looks set to continue. We are here to support this unprecedented growth.

“I am proud that the 3,350 DHL Express employees in France can count on next-generation infrastructure which is up to the challenges. DHL Express will support all those who want to trade under the best conditions with the rest of the world. The consolidation of our network will benefit our long-standing business as well as individual customers.”

Construction on the facility, which sits on 91,000 sq m of land, began in March 2020 and took 20 months.

Features include LED lighting with motion detectors, a sorting system with IE4 high-efficiency motors and energy-efficient air conditioning.

“The site aligns with the zero-emission target for 2050 set by Deutsche Post DHL Group,” the company said in a statement. “DHL Express France, which also has an intermediate objective of carrying out 70% of its pick-ups and deliveries using green transport by 2025, is multiplying initiatives in this direction.”

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