African Renaissance Conference  24- 26 May 2018




    DHL Express, a market leader in the international express and logistics industry, has seen significant trade growth in the KwaZulu-Natal region over the last five years, resulting in the
    company further investing in the area and opening a new Durban Station facility – a fixed base for receiving, sorting, reweighing and transporting of parcels to 
    their intended destinations.


    Norman George, DHL Express Director of Operations for Southern Africa, says that this trade growth has resulted in the volume of parcels outgrowing the capabilities of the previous station located in Berea. He says that the establishment of this Station is a positive sign for the region and highlights the potential for trade in Durban.

    George adds that Durban is a popular document shipping area due to the harbours in the area, as well as a large import express region. “Durban harbour is the biggest harbour in Africa and we therefore
    receive a significant amount of documents from various shipping companies for the processing of the containers coming into Durban. We are however seeing an increase in parcel business as the industry
    develops and we expect an upward trend in both document and parcel business in the future. We have therefore invested in this world class infrastructure to provide great service to our customers at every stage of the industry growth curve.”

    George says that the new Station, located in Riverhorse Valley, will be fully automated and make use of a drive-in model, thereby maximising productivity and increasing the volume of parcels processed daily to ensure faster delivery of shipments to customers. “The new Station’s capacity will enable DHL to increase the amount of packages that were previously processed per hour. The new system is equipped to handle a double digit increase in parcels processed per hour, and will allow further growth of
    up to triple digits if required.” The new Station’s location will ensure that the facility remains in the business hub in Durban. “Many businesses are choosing to locate closer to the area surrounding the
    new King Shaka International Airport, and we wanted to ensure that we were well positioned to meet the increasing needs and demands of our clients,” says George. The new Durban Station will also become
    DHL’s flagship station in Africa, and a \number of stations in Sub-Saharan Africa will be modelled on the this station going forward.

    DHL Express is confident that the region will only continue to grow in the coming years, concludes George.DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and “The Logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network
    composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 285,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts
    its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.
    DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 55
    billion euros in 2013.