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DHL Express expands at Atlanta to meet 10.7pc volume increase

DHL Express plans to move into a larger cargo facility at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, reports New York's Air Cargo World

04 November 2020 - 19:00

DHL Express plans to move into a larger cargo facility at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, reports New York's Air Cargo World.

The company is subleasing space from Worldwide Flight Service (WFS), which WFS opened in 2016. The facility includes a 140,000-square foot warehouse and 20,000 square feet of office space.



Throughout the process, the company looked for airports where it could bring in goods from Asia and Europe that have a good understanding of US customs practices.



DHL's flights into Atlanta are from its US hub in Cincinnati (CVG) and New York (JFK). By the fourth quarter of 2021, DHL will be able to operate its own cargo fleet direct from Europe and Asia rather than from Cincinnati.



DHL Express US chief executive Greg Hewitt said some of the biggest areas of growth in goods coming from overseas are consumer electronics, clothing, medical equipment and personal protective equipment.



Through September, ATL reported total domestic freight and express volumes in tonnes up 10.79 per cent compared to last year, and international freight and express volumes were down 26.4 per cent.



The largest air imports into Atlanta were textiles, up 264 per cent, cotton fabrics, up 127 per cent, animal feed, up 113 per cent.



The largest volumes of air exports from Atlanta have been food products such as vegetables and fruits, up 167 per cent. While aluminum is up 40 per cent and furniture 33 per cent.



However the total number of passengers was down by 61.25 per cent, and Delta reported operating revenues from passengers was down 83 per cent for the third quarter and down 68 per cent through September 30.



Still, DHL Express had made major investments in the US. For the last two years, the company has invested US$58 million in its Americas hub at CBG. The Americas region reported a 6.5 per cent increase in revenue for the first half of this year.


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