Thursday 29th Sep 2016 - Logistics Manager

DHL Express opens £5m Park Royal centre

DHL Express has opened its £5 million service centre at Park Royal, west London, which is designed to handle the increase in demand for export and import express services within London.

The  61,720 sq ft centre, which is three times the size of the previous facility, offers international services and provides the core service centre offerings of drop off and collection of goods for delivery overseas.

Phil Couchman, CEO of DHL Express UK & Ireland, opened the site alongside Jon Harding, COO of UK Trade & Investment at UKTI.  Couchman said: “This strategic investment in 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.”

A recent report from DHL, the Trade Confidence Index, found that export orders from London firms are up by eight per cent on the same quarter last year, compared to a national increase of four per cent.

Harding said: “International trade is a key driver of economic growth so it’s crucial that this kind of local support for businesses is in place.”

In July, DHL signed a ten-year lease with SEGRO for the site at Premier Park in Park Royal.