DHL Express announced its latest gateway expansion in Canada: a new $100 million facility at Hamilton’s John C. Munro International Airport. This new facility will replace its existing one to meet double-digit growth in shipment volumes. “Hamilton International Airport offers us the benefits that we need to meet our growing demands in handling capacity,” said Andrew Williams, CEO of DHL Express Canada. “With 24-hour landing capability, dedicated onsite Canada Border Services Agency representation and the ability to grow in the future with a partner positioned to become the cargo hub of Ontario, we know this is the best decision to continue leading the market.”
Since 2014, international trade has generated continuous growth in shipments per day for DHL Express in the Americas, averaging annual growth of around 8 per cent for the entire region combined. In Canada alone, shipments per day growth have doubled, with 60 per cent of the total Canadian shipments cleared every month at Hamilton International. At 200,000 square feet, the new facility, set to open in 2021, will be four times the size of the current one, and will feature a fully automated sort system with a capacity of processing 15,000 packages per hour. Currently, the DHL Express Hamilton International Gateway has two daily flights connecting Canada to the International network via Cincinnati. The facility will also generate an increase in front line job growth to meet higher demands, adding to its existing 225 employees.
The Hamilton Gateway is the largest gateway for DHL Express in Canada by volume. Other DHL Express gateways in Canada are located in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Brampton, Montreal, and Mirabel. DHL moved to its current Hamilton facility in 2008. In the last four years, the company has invested more than 30 million to increase its fleet and aviation capacity, along with expanding its facilities in Edmonton and Winnipeg, and most recently, doubling its capacity at the Vancouver International Airport in Richmond. DHL Express has 17 owned locations throughout Canada and more than 450 partner locations.
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