DHL Express has invested £5 million in a state of the art service centre in Park Royal, to manage increasing demand for export and import express services within London.
The business is investing in the 61,720 sq ft site in order for the business to accommodate high projected growth volumes in the London area over the next ten years, with London businesses tapping into overseas demand for British-made goods.
A recent report from DHL, the Trade Confidence Index, found that export orders from London firms are up by 8% on the same quarter last year, compared to a national increase of 4%.
Phil Couchman, CEO of DHL Express UK & Ireland opened the site alongside Jon Harding, COO of UK trade and investment at UKTI.
Harding said: “The enhanced facility will provide streamlined and efficient services for businesses looking to export to international markets, as well as benefiting the local area economically.
“International trade is a key driver of economic growth so it’s crucial that this kind of local support for businesses is in place.”
Couchman said: “This strategic investment in the London is reflective of the strength of our growing logistics network in the UK.
“London, as the capital and a hotspot of exporting activity, has seen a significant increase in shipments over the last few years.
“Through this service centre we can help facilitate success for many UK businesses.”
The new centre offers international services and provides the core DHL service centre offerings of drop off and collection of goods for delivery overseas.
It is environmentally efficient, with energy-efficient lighting and solar backed window blinds to reduce office cooling during summer months.
It is also equipped with the most up to date operational equipment such as full direct load and automated sort technology, which will increase parcel handling capability.