DHL Global Forwarding invests R127 million in new state-of-the-art facility in Johannesburg

From left to right, Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni Municipality, Hon. Tania Campbell and Clement Blanc, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Sub-Saharan Africa South Africa


DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services, has opened a new transshipment center and headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. The sustainable complex, mainly powered by solar energy, was officially opened on Thursday, September 22, 2022.

Located in the industrial area of ​​Sky Park, it offers easy access to OR Tambo International Airport. The facility’s temperature-controlled chambers and staff trained in Good Distribution Practices (GDP) enable the new center to meet the unique needs of Africa’s rapidly evolving Life Sciences and Healthcare (LSH) sector. The opening of the facility marks a significant addition to DHL Global Forwarding’s extensive logistics network, further strengthening its positioning on the African continent and in South Africa while enabling the group to more effectively manage the needs of its customers.

Amadou Diallo, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Middle East and Africa, said: “We are proud that this new facility has been built to the highest standards of sustainability and energy efficiency, in line with DHL Global’s goal Forwarding to achieve net zero emissions related to logistics. by 2050. Already, our climate protection initiatives and CO2 emissions reduction programs have had a positive impact on global logistics supply chains and the building of sustainable infrastructure like this facility in solar energy brings us closer to our goal.

The new facility includes offices and a 10,000 m2 warehouse. It will serve as a hub for transport, logistics and warehousing solutions, as well as international freight expertise for different industries. This includes a strong focus on the Life Sciences and Healthcare (LSH) sector in Africa, which, with an expected annual growth rate of 6.3% and an expected revenue of $7.1 billion euros by 2023, is one of the country’s booming industries. To meet the needs of the LSH industry, the site has been designed to meet DHL Global GxP Pharma standards and the highest Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) A security standards.

During the facility’s opening ceremony, Clément Blanc, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding for South Africa (SA) and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) said: “A new facility in South Africa is a the next natural step in our efforts to support economic growth and accelerate the pace of supply chain transformation. This facility expands global connections to Africa, ensuring industries like LSH can operate smoothly, access an efficient and reliable logistics network, and continue to grow.
Blanc continued, “The strategic location of our new facility at OR Tambo will allow us to enhance our offerings to customers. We are delighted to be able to transport both pharmaceuticals and time and temperature sensitive healthcare products, for example. I am confident in our ability to help our clients grow and grow their businesses and continue to contribute to the socio-economic growth of South Africa and the greater Sub-Saharan Africa region.

The new facility will also create skilled jobs in Johannesburg. DHL Global Forwarding has increased its total workforce in South Africa by 11% since 2021. The company is also strongly committed to supporting and stimulating the participation of SMEs in the economy and securing their place in supply chains. global supplies.

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