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DHL launches transport hub in Shanghai

LOGISTICS giant DHL today opened a US$25-million transport hub in Shanghai to tap into the growing domestic road industry. It plans to build another 10 hubs across the country this year.

The DHL Eastern China Domestic Transportation Hub, which covers 25,000 square meters at the Kangqiao Industrial Park, houses 53 loading and cross docks and operates around the clock to provide cross dock operations, storage, multi-modal transfer and data management for customers.

"With a well-established hub and spoke network, and a fleet of 1,500 vehicles, DHL provides a full suite of domestic services in China. This includes national line-haul services, inter-regional distribution and inner-city delivery services," said Paul Graham, chief executive officer of DHL Supply Chain Asia Pacific.

The hub now is capable of handling 262,000 tons of shipments per year through its cross-dock operations.

"With over 25 years experience in domestic transportation and distribution services, DHL has the expertise and capabilities to contribute to China's plans to develop Shanghai into an international shipping center," said Victor Mok, executive vice president of DHL Supply Chain China.

The Shanghai facility is the fifth regional transport hub of DHL after Beijing, Guangzhou, Tianjin and Wuhan, and the company plans to build 10 more hubs across the country within this year, including hubs at Chengdu, Fuzhou, Guangzhou and Hangzhou.

Revenue for the domestic road transport industry in China rose 66 percent to US$25 billion from 1998 to 2007. It is expected to reach US$36 billion by 2013 at an annual growth of 7.1 percent, according to ACMR and IBISWorld China Industry Report.


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