New Seattle centre for DHL after airport move
09 / 09 / 2016
DHL Express has opened a new service centre close to Seattle-Tacoma Airport with a $4m investment after moving its air operation to the airport in May.
The new 26,000 sq ft facility can process more than 1,000 pieces per hour and will serve greater Seattle and outlying areas for pickup, delivery and sorting operations of international shipments.
It complements a second 42,000 sq ft facility that DHL already operates in the US city.
The express giant send the decision to build a new facility was driven by heavy demand and growth in international shipping by local businesses trading internationally, e-commerce shipping, as well as technology /software companies and retailers based in Washington State.
In May, it moved its air operation in the city to Seattle-Tacoma from Boeing Field Airport in order to access Sea-Tac’s recently developed cargo facilities.
The move will see DHL operate 20 flights per week from the airport using Boeing 757 and B767 freighter aircraft.
“Our new facility near the airport provides DHL with growth opportunities as we continue to expand our footprint in the region,” stated John Cornish, general manager for DHL Express US.
“Seattle is home to some of the largest and most successful companies in the world, as well as many growing tech firms.
“Our import and export customers will appreciate the service benefits as well as another convenient service pickup and drop off point.”
The facility handles a variety of shipments, including international small parcels as well as palletised and container freight.