DHL selects Chicago-O'Hare's northeast air cargo facility to establish its third US air gateway

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has joined DHL, the international express services provider, for the opening of its new USD 10 million global gateway facility at O´Hare International Airport, the company said.

To grow its thriving global air network, DHL has selected Chicago´s new state-of-the-art northeast cargo campus at O´Hare, which is on track to be the largest cargo development built at a US airport in more than a decade when completed in the next few years.

The addition of this new 54,000 square-foot gateway will grow the company´s Chicago presence and will create 75 new jobs, including import and export agents as well as training and office personnel.

The latest investment in Chicago by DHL Express was driven by the company´s current and forecasted shipment growth from US businesses trading internationally as well as the continuing growth in e-commerce shipping. DHL selected O´Hare to expand its growing Midwest operations based on Chicago´s ideal location, which includes a strong transportation network conducive to business in and around the Midwest, as well as its skilled workforce.

The new DHL gateway, which expands DHL´s existing operations at O´Hare, features a unique on-site US Customs operation that allows for faster processing capabilities for inbound and outbound international shipments for the Chicago area and other Midwest markets. In addition to accommodating future shipment volume growth, the expansion of operations will supplement the US network capacity of DHL to expedite shipments of packages at peak seasons such as the November-December holidays.

O´Hare is also home to the DHL Global Forwarding facility, a 491,000 square-foot office and warehouse building that houses 500 employees. It is the largest freestanding DHL global forwarding building in its worldwide network.

The new DHL Express facility can process more than 4,500 pieces per hour, ranging from small parcels to palletized freight. The DHL facility is LEED-certified and is on track to be certified by the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) in early 2018. TAPA sets the global benchmarks for best practices in cargo security handling.

The new gateway facility joins DHL operations south of O´Hare International Airport, in Franklin Park, and another north of Midway International Airport, in McCook. The gateway is also connected to five DHL hubs based in London, UK; Leipzig, Germany; Shanghai, China; Incheon, South Korea; and Hong Kong.

O´Hare is an international cargo airport, ranking number two in the US by value of shipments and number four among all ports in North America for trade value. Designed to ensure O´Hare has the modern infrastructure and capacity to handle growing volumes and to compete for international demand, the O´Hare Northeast Cargo Center is a USD 220 million partnership with Aeroterm.

DHL is the global brand in the logistics industry. DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 57 billion euros in 2016.