DHL Express opens Paris international hub

DHL Express has officially opened its €170 million, 32,000 square metre international hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport.

The new site is ten times the size of the old unit at the airport, and is the biggest investment in France since the logistics giant arrived in 1976.

John Pearson, CEO 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. The new facility is another step towards fulling our mission: Connecting people, Improving lives. Our role was decisive during the Covid-19 crisis. Even at the height of the pandemic, we managed to maintain the link between countries to ensure global trade. Our agility, supported by the strength of our global network and the commitment of our teams have enabled us to deliver more than one billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines to more than 160 countries. With ultramodern infrastructures fitted at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and our presence in 220 countries around the world, we have all the tools needed to meet the new challenges of an increasingly connected world.”

DHL Express has done well through the pandemic, with parcel volumes growing by around 4% year to year since it began. The firm projects such strong growth to continue.

The CDG International hub can process up to 38,000 pieces per hour, 15 times that of the unit it replaces. DHL Express has taken on 239 new recruits who will work alongside the 500 existing staff at the site, which will now operate 24/7. It is designed to take capacities projected for 10 years time and has options to extend the site.

Philippe Prétat, CEO DHL Express France, 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.” 

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