DHL invests JPY 9.9 billion into largest distribution center in Japan

November 25, 2020 - 07:45
DHL invests JPY 9.9 billion into largest distribution center in Japan

  • The new Osaka Distribution Center willincrease shipment processing capacity by more than 50%
  • At just a 20-minute drive away fromdowntown Osaka, the facility brings greater convenience to customers in theKansai region

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 25 November 2020 - DHLExpress, the world's leading international express service provider, will beopening its newest and largest distribution facility in Japan -- the OsakaDistribution Center (ODC) at Sakai city, Osaka-fu. At an investment of JPY 9.9billion (EUR 79.9 million), the new facility is the largest-ever facilityinvestment that DHL Express has made in Japan.

DHL Express invests JPY9.9 billion into new Osaka Distribution Center, its largest-ever facility investment in Japan

ODC bringstogether three separate DHL facilities under one roof -- the Kansai AirportGateway,  Kansai Airport Service Center, andthe Osaka Central Service Center. With 21,000 square meters of floor space intotal, the ODC is DHL Express' largest distribution facility in Japan. It isequipped with a sophisticated auto-sorting system that increases DHL's shipmentprocessing capacity by more than 50% compared to the previous facility atKansai International Airport (KIX).  

"Despite the challenges of the Covid-19pandemic, Japan's export activity is recovering and the strong sustained growthin e-commerce will increase the demand for faster and more reliable deliveries.We are confident in the economic growth of the country and the ODC will makesure we are well-positioned in the long run to address the increasing demandsin e-commerce shipping," said Ken Lee, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific.

The ODC relocated from the grounds of Kansai International Airport (KIX) andbrings greater convenience to customers in the Kansai region due to its proximityto downtown Osaka city, which is just a 20-minute drive away. In addition tonew sorting systems, state-of-the-art x-ray inspection machines have also been addedto meet the ever growing needs of shipment security. Operations at the ODC willcover import and export clearance, bond warehousing, sorting, and distribution.

"As theleading express company in Japan, the new facility is evidence of DHL's longterm commitment to continuously improve to better service our customers in theKansai region and beyond," said Tony Khan, President and Representative Director of DHL Japan."While the Covid-19 pandemic continues to create uncertainty around the world,DHL Express has been essential in connecting people and improving lives. Thatis why we are investing in the new ODC and enhancing our capabilities, to helpour customers in this region grow their business and improve their quality of life." 

With theopening of the Osaka Distribution Center, DHL Japan will cease operations atits Kansai Airport Gateway and Kansai Airport Service Center. The full addressof the Osaka Distribution Center is: 3F,Mitsui Fudosan Logistic Park, 1-171 Chikko Yawata-machi, Sakai-ku, Sakai-shi,Osaka 590-0901

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