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DHL to open South Africa super-hub

[ January 13, 2021   //   ]

DHL Global Forwarding is investing ZAR 126.5 million (£6m) in a new hub in Johannesburg. The new 13,000 sq m facility will be located within the bonded zone at Skyparks Business Estate close to OR Tambo International Airport.

Twice the size of its current set-up, this new facility will consist of a 10,000sq m warehouse allowing the forwarder to consolidate all its customers’ warehousing requirements. A cold chain  facility will consist of three adjustable temperature controlled refrigerators geared to handle 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.

Managing director, DHL Global Forwarding, South Africa Clement Blanc, 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.”

He added: “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.”

DHL says that theSouth African economy is expected to inch forward by about 1-2% in the next two years, and industry observers are optimistic that the government’s commitment to improve investment and revitalize townships and industrial parks will reap much-needed benefits. A flourishing e-commerce sector will also drive greater demand for retail warehousing and distribution space, especially for perishables and fast-moving consumer goods.

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