(13 Jan 2021)
DHL Global Forwarding is investing ZAR 126.5 million
(approximately US$ 8.26 million) in a new facility in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The new 13,000 sqm facility will be
located within the bonded zone at Skyparks Business Estate next to O.R. Tambo International Airport.
Clement Blanc, Managing Director, DHL Global
Forwarding, South Africa said, “While it’s too early to fully
grasp the economic impact of the current pandemic, our confidence
in investing ahead of the curve is abetted by our diverse service
portfolio and long-established foothold in Africa. As the world’s
largest free trade area moves toward economic integration, our
five-year strategy to sharpen our core business offerings and
accelerate digitalization will further our growth in the region
and specifically, in South Africa.”
Twice the size of its current set-up, the new
facility will consist of a 10,000 sqm warehouse that enables the forwarder to consolidate all its customers’ warehousing
There will be an exclusive and specialized cold
chain facility that consists of three adjustable temperature
controlled refrigerators geared to handle the life science and
healthcare products in and out of South Africa.
The warehouse will
also support other value added services including cross-docking,
storage for air, ocean and road freight services, and a platform
for breakbulk cargo.
“Custom-built to our world-class specifications
and located in proximity to the airport, arterial thoroughfares
and upcoming industrial parks, this new facility will be the
game-changer for DHL in the country. We are well-poised to focus
on delivering excellence to our customers as we surround ourselves
with the critical infrastructure that is needed to enhance our
productivity and efficiency,” added Blanc.
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