DHL to leverage Brisbane logistics market with new A$15m airport facility

DHL today announced that it will construct a new purpose-built A$15m facility, which will include a processing Gateway and offices, at Brisbane Airport. The investment is part of DHL’s 10-year strategic initiative to invest in growth in the Queensland state.

Located at the airport’s Da Vinci Precinct, the new facility will be developed by Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC). DHL has entered into a 10-year lease with options with BAC for this facility.

Construction of the facility is due to commence in the next month.

The processing Gateway will include high-speed re-weigh technology, which will improve outbound processing between 10 and15 per cent.

Within the facility, there will be offices which will house over 100 DHL personnel covering operations, sales, customs brokerage, gateway export and import, with sufficient capacity to accommodate future growth.

“These new facilities and our strategic focus on Brisbane are in response to significant growth in our international business in the region,” DHL Express senior vice president oceania, Gary Edstein said in a statement.

DHL reports that despite Queensland’s exporters forecasting the lowest increase in export orders, the company’s 2011 Export Barometer, conducted by ACA Research, revealed that 39% of the 496 Australian exporters surveyed remain positive about the state’s outlook for 2012.*

“Despite Queensland’s flood-hit economy and continued global uncertainty, we have seen business in Brisbane grow by over 25 per cent in the past year,” Edstein said.

“This has been driven by an increase in consumer shipments – propelled by the continued expansion of online retailing and mining.”

According to Edstein, this steady performance is a result of the diversity of the Brisbane’s industry.

“Businesses in Brisbane are dynamic, varying from farming to fashion. Coupled with Brisbane’s potential as a gateway to assist with the growth in Papua New Guinea and our strong relationships with Brisbane Airport Corporation, we are looking forward to the years ahead with great confidence for the region,” Edstein said.

Last year, DHL relocated its national customer service centre to Roma Street, Brisbane. The move was the first step in the logistics company’s investment in the Brisbane area.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 51 billion euros in 2010.

* First launched in November 2003, the DHL Export Barometer is an initiative aimed at analysing export confidence in Australia and identifying export trends. It is based on nationwide independent research, examining the business outlook of Australian exporters, highlighting changes in overseas market demand and providing insights into the factors impacting on Australia’s export trade.