DHL Express has launched an expanded global hub in Hong Kong.

The Central Asia Hub is one of three DHL Express global hubs positioned to connect the Asia Pacific region with the world.

Total investment in the Central Asia Hub (CAH) has reached to €562 million since it was first established in 2004, making it DHL Express’ largest infrastructural investment in the region to date.

DHL Express said the expanded hub increases peak shipment handling capacity by almost 70%.

And, at full capacity, the hub is expected to handle shipment volumes six times greater than what it could handle back in 2004.

“We believe that global trade matters, and it’s here to stay,” DHL Express CEO John Pearson said.

“We have invested more than €1.8 billion into our three global hubs, demonstrating our commitment to support our customers’ growth as they expand globally.

“CAH is important to our customers in Asia and globally, as it handles close to 20% of DHL Express global shipment volume.

“While global trade is normalising following a pandemic boom, our investments today will improve our global and regional network, putting us in an excellent place when global trade recovers.”

Ken Lee, DHL Express’ CEO for Asia Pacific, said Asia is home to some of the fastest growing markets in the world.

“Since it was established in 2004, we have seen a continued increase in air cargo demand driven by trade between Asia and other regions, and cross-border e-commerce,” he said.

“Even as global trade normalises after the pandemic, we have seen over 30% growth in throughput between Asia and other continents in the first three quarters of 2023 when compared with the same period in 2019, far exceeding the pre-Covid level.

Additionally, the strategic location of the hub in Hong Kong opens doors to many opportunities for our customers in this region.

We are confident that the expanded CAH will foster interconnectivity and underpin Asia’s status as a powerhouse of global growth.” 

DHL Express initiated the facility expansion to complement the launch of the Hong Kong International Airport’s three-runway system, due to be completed by 2024.