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DHL Global Forwarding is investing $17 million in a new 4880 square metre facility at Brisbane Airport. The company held a ground-breaking ceremony at the site today.

The facility will feature the largest international cold chain services in Brisbane to meet rising demand for perishables and support the growth of general cargo in Queensland.

According to DHL Global Forwarding, the facility will offer airside access and is strategically positioned nearby to the Port of Brisbane.

George Lawson, managing director, DHL Global Forwarding Australia said the expansion of the company’s footprint at Brisbane Airport reflects a “tremendous” growth in exports, particularly perishable food.

“Brisbane’s economy is predicted to surge by 2031 and with this new facility, we are ready to support our customers growth,” he said.

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The new facility was reportedly given a five-star rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.

Its design features solar panels, reusable batteries to power most warehouse operations, rainwater harvesting and electric vehicle charging stations.

“A lot of thought went into the design of the new operation,” Mr Lawson said. “It is also a sustainable facility to help our customers achieve a greener supply chain.”

Plans are also in the works to introduce carbon offsetting and insetting to support a carbon neutral supply chain.

Lachlan Elliott, DHL Global Forwarding Australia’s station manager – Queensland, said the facility was also designed with employees in mind.

“We want this new facility to be a great place to work for our people,” he said. “Interactive screens together with a flexible workspace are designed to facilitate virtual and physical collaboration.”

The facility is expected to reach completion by early 2023.

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