Tonight, DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post-DHL Group officially opens its new logistics center at Brucargo. With a total ground territory of 54,000 m² and 23,000 m² of warehouse space, this facility unites all of DHL Global Forwarding Belgium's air freight activities under one roof at Brucargo West. DHL Global Forwarding has been based in Brucargo since the cargo area was developed in 1980. This 27 million euro investment shows the decision to settle in the Brussels Airport freight area was the right one.
"DHL Global Forwarding's choice for Brucargo strengthens the status of the cargo area and Brussels Airport as a key employment platform in Belgium. Brussels Airport is our country's second economic driver, providing 20,000 direct and 40,000 indirect jobs. Through this 27 million euro investment in this new logistics platform, DHL Global Forwarding is reinforcing our strategy to focus on the specific logistics needs of our various key industry sectors", says Jean-Claude Delen, CEO DHL Global Forwarding BeNeLux & France.
Meeting the most stringent air freight safety requirements and complying with the TAPA standards, the new 'state-of-the-art' logistics center is ideally situated in this strategically important region, providing the best infrastructure for DHL Global Forwarding's air freight activities. The new building provides dedicated areas including a 1,750m² temperature-controlled area with the highest GDP standards to meet the needs of our life science customers and customers with other particular requirements. In respect to Deutsche Post-DHL's Go Green environmental protection program, this investment represents a green investment for DHL Global Forwarding, involving the deployment of environmental technologies including on-site electrical vehicles and water recovery systems.
Arnaud Feist, CEO Brussels Airport says: "We are very pleased that a key partner such as DHL Global Forwarding again chose to firmly establish itself at Brucargo and Brussels Airport. This investment gives a very strong boost to the development of Brussels Airport as a cargo hub in particular. Moreover, the lasting presence of DHL Global Forwarding provides crucial added value to the logistics activities in our country. Investments such as these are the best antidote for the economic crisis. Companies that show the initiative and have the courage to invest hugely at this moment are sure to be in pole position once the crisis is behind us."