DHL Express Scales Up Capacity in Japan with New JPY 9 Billion Tokyo Gateway Facility

- New gateway to raise service quality and productivity with automated sorting capabilities
- Supports for future volume growth in the world's second largest developed economy
2016-06-02 12:30 3084

TOKYO, June 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- DHL Express, the world's leading international express services provider, today unveiled its new JPY 9 billion (EUR 66 million) DHL Express Tokyo Gateway facility, located at Shin-Kiba, Tokyo. The new 20,000 sqm facility contains more than double the operating area of the previous Tokyo Distribution Centre (TDC). It also offers bonded warehousing services and will house the Minato Service Center, a dedicated service center offering customer pick-up and delivery options for the surrounding area.

The new JPY 9 billion DHL Express Tokyo Gateway facility
The new JPY 9 billion DHL Express Tokyo Gateway facility


DHL Express State-Of-The-Art Tokyo Gateway Facility
DHL Express State-Of-The-Art Tokyo Gateway Facility


The move is necessary because of strong sustained volume growth in DHL Express Japan over the years -- the previous Tokyo Distribution Center facility had already reached full capacity. With the relocation, the DHL Express Tokyo Distribution Center will be converted into the DHL Express Tokyo Central Service Center. This service center will subsequently become DHL's largest service center in Japan, bolstering DHL Express' service offering for customers. This adds to DHL Express' network of 29 Service Centers and 173 Service Points across the country.

"The new DHL Express Tokyo Gateway marks the largest investment to date by the company in Japan and enhances our extensive operational network in the country. It underscores our commitment to providing high quality service to support our customers' growth ambitions. The opening of our new Tokyo facility comes as Japan moves to finalize its acceptance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is expected to boost Japan's GDP by up to JPY15 trillion by 2030[1]," said Ken Allen, CEO of DHL Express. "Both the TPP and a general liberalization in trade policy will support the continued growth of the region in the coming years."

"The 20,000 sqm DHL Express Tokyo Gateway is one of three DHL Express gateways in Japan, complementing the company's existing 10,100 sqm Kansai Gateway and 8,000 sqm Chubu Gateway which cover the country's major business districts. We believe the Japan market has room to grow further, especially in the e-commerce and automotive sectors, and we see increasing demand for international shipping needs from China and South East Asia into Japan. To address these customer requirements, we have invested in the development of the Express industry across the region, and have the best people in place to provide excellent customer service," said Ken Lee, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific.

Automation for enhanced efficiency and productivity

Easily accessible from Narita International Airport, Haneda Airport as well as Tokyo's business districts, the DHL Express Tokyo Gateway features enhanced automation for increased productivity and security.  Unmanned sorters and conveyors with slow down functionalities process up to 12,000 parcels per hour.  The gateway's design prioritizes operational efficiency and a smooth flow of goods at scale -- with a notable increase in security procedures and infrastructure. The new DHL Express Tokyo Gateway is designed and built to exacting Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) Level 'A' standards, with security measures including more than 200 CCTV cameras as well as automated X-ray systems for the inspection of goods.

"The opening of the new Tokyo Gateway marks a cornerstone in DHL's strategy to cement our leadership and reinforces our ongoing commitment in Japan.  Business expansion in overseas markets, especially in emerging countries, has now become the critical part of growth strategies for many Japanese companies. Providing our best in class international express services, we continue our strong support to the business growth of our customers in Japan," said Taketo Yamakawa, President and Representative Director of DHL Japan.

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