DHL strengthens network with increased handling capacity in Asia Pacific

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Expanded Central Asia Hub in Hong Kong now fully operational

With the completion of the expansion works on its Central Asia Hub (CAH) in Hong Kong, DHL Express, the world’s leading express services provider, has reached another milestone in its drive to further strengthen its unparalleled global delivery network.

Situated at the Hong Kong International Airport, the expanded CAH is one of the main intercontinental hubs in DHL Express’ global air network, connecting the Asia Pacific region with the other regions in the world. It will also serve as one of the main Asian bases for DHL’s airline partners Polar Air and AeroLogic who will operate growing transpacific and Euro-Asian trade lanes from October this year and spring 2009 respectively.

‘Asia Pacific continues to be a key growth driver for DHL Express and the expansion of the CAH is a testament to the ongoing expansion of both intercontinental and intra-regional trade lanes,’ said DHL Express CEO, John Mullen, who was integral in DHL Express’ continuous annual two-digit growth in Asia Pacific, when he served as the company’s regional CEO from 2002 to 2004. ‘It’s fantastic to see that the Hong Kong hub has grown to this extent within just a few years’, said Mullen.

The CAH in Hong Kong is DHL Express’ main regional hub in Asia Pacific. It serves as one of the region’s main gateways to China and as a catchment area for the Pearl River Delta area, one of China’s main manufacturing bases. CAH is also the home base for Air Hong Kong, our JV with Cathay Pacific.

Dan McHugh, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific said that at present, over 60% of express cargo processed by the Central Asia Hub is intra-Asia Pacific shipments and the figure is expected to continue growing alongside rising intra-regional trade. ‘With over 40% market share and US$2.2 billion invested in the region, DHL’s US$210 million investment in the CAH provides the core backbone to further enhance service excellence and will assist in extending our market-leading position in Asia Pacific,’ said McHugh.

Strategically located within a four-hour flight time to major cities in Asia Pacific, the CAH is complemented by a well-established Asia Air Network that is served by more than 20 aircraft and over 500 commercial daily flights.

Jerry Hsu, President, Greater China Area, DHL Express commented on the CAH development: ‘The expansion of the CAH brings with it heightened speed, efficiency, accuracy and significantly bolsters DHL’s operational capacity in Asia Pacific.’

The CAH is the first large-scale automated express hub in Asia Pacific and its completion five years ahead of schedule, underscores the growth and potential DHL forecasts in the region.


  • The Central Asia Hub has doubled in size to 35,000 sqm, which is approximately the size of 120 tennis courts, and is expected to handle 40 million shipments this year.
  • The new highly sophisticated and automated facility has a throughput of 75,000 pieces per hour (pph) of flyers and conveyable shipments that is an increase of 114%. The throughput cycle time has also been further reduced from 12 minutes to just 7 minutes.
  • The increased throughput of the automated CAH is possible because of an advanced Autosort system that can handle 35,000 conveyable shipments and 40,000 flyers per hour.
  • The expansion of CAH further bolsters the state-of-the-art security system with almost 200 CCTV cameras, X-ray equipment and an access control system.
  • Key automated features of the facility include a bank of singulators which arrange parcels into single queue, six-sided camera scanners which scan all sides of conveyable shipments, and a shoe sorter matrix which directs the shipments to the relevant chutes according to their destination be it Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Shanghai, Seoul, Bangkok, Delhi etc.
  • The CAH has also been a test-bed to pioneer new operational processes for DHL and has the ability to sort down to the individual postal codes of the DHL s


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