DHL has opened a $21 million, 140,000-square-foot expansion to its hub at Miami International Airport.
The increased space will allow the company to add more support to its Latin American trade lane. The space includes new conveyor systems, extra space for dry and perishable handling, technology enhancements and more room for U.S. Customs. The company will also provide additional air cargo and charter services to the region from the facility.
According to a company press release, total U.S. trade with Latin America grew by 82 percent in the past 10 years. DHL officials said they hope to generate more activity and tap into this growing trend.
“The expansion of our operations at Miami International Airport is part of our long-term investment to support market growth in import and export volumes along the U.S.-Latin America trade lane,” DHL's Ian Clough said in a statement. “This investment... will bring immediate benefits for our customers, who will experience increased speed, reliability, capacity and connectivity for their international shipments.”
In an effort to increase U.S. exports, company officials have signed a Global Buyer Initiative, which will pair DHL customers in foreign countries with U.S. suppliers. The initiative, which is part of a partnership with the U.S. government, is first being rolled out in Canada, Mexico, Panama and Colombia.
DHL is currently in expansion mode around the world. The company is nearing completion on a $47 million expansion at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, and DHL recently opened its first mechanized delivery site in Bonn, Germany. The 16,500-square-meter system is to be the first of 25 around the country and is the realization of the new parcel concept DHL officials conceptualized in September. Implementation of the system is expected to cost 750 million euros ($980 million).
"By processing the parcels directly at the delivery base, we save time
and allow faster deliveries to the customer," DHL's Uwe Brinks said in a statement. "The new system is better
ergonomically, as well, and has been met with approval among the
employees." - Jon Ross