DHL Express expands to Paris CDG


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

The EUR 170 million and 32,000 m² facility will support the growth of e-commerce in Europe and the rest of the world, as well as the creation of 239 new jobs.

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

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

“With the resumption of trade for its long-standing B2B customers, business at DHL Express will intensify in 2021,” the company added.

John Pearson, Managing Director of DHL Express, explained: “The DHL Express hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport will play a key role in our international network. It is the fourth hub of our European network in terms of size and volume of parcel handling, after Leipzig, East Midlands and Brussels. It is one of our 23 hubs around the world, including 12 in Europe.

He adds: “The hub is a nerve center of our network in France, but also in Europe. This new establishment is timely, because e-commerce is booming. The trend was already underway, but has accelerated with the Covid-19 pandemic and is expected 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 new generation infrastructures up to the challenges. DHL Express will support all those who wish to trade under the best conditions with the rest of the world. The consolidation of our network will benefit our historic company as well as our individual customers.

Construction of the facility, which covers 91,000 m² of land, began in March 2020 and took 20 months.

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

“The site aligns with the 2050 zero emissions target set by the Deutsche Post DHL group,” the company said in a statement. “DHL Express France, which also has an intermediate objective of achieving 70% of its collections and deliveries in green transport by 2025, is stepping up initiatives in this direction.

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