Boosted by e-commerce, DHL Express strengthens its hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle

Par thierno - 18 September, 2020 - 15:14

The international express operator will open a brand new air hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle in October 2021. Equipped with the latest technology, it will increase its parcel processing capacity 15-fold, an investment of €170 million aimed in particular at absorbing the growth in e-commerce flows.

"We have decided to invest in the construction of a new hub to accompany the growth of volumes in France for the next 10 or even 20 years," enthused Hervé Allie, Director of Aviation for DHL Express France, during the presentation of the project to the press on 17 September in Paris.

After more than 20 years of service, the current logistics site at Paris-Charles de Gaulle had reached saturation in terms of capacity and surface area.

+8% per year until 2025

As everywhere else in the world, the growth of international express parcel is spectacular. Over the last 5 years, DHL Express France has seen its import and export volumes increase by 8% annually.

And if the company forecasts a slight drop to +5% for the year 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis, it then expects this growth to continue at around 8% per year until 2025.

Containment has certainly affected volumes, with a drop of 2.7% from March to June compared to 2019 despite a 10% increase in imported parcels. But the second half of the year should see a 10% increase. In 2020, more than 41 million parcels should be processed in France.

This growth in trade is largely due to the boom in BtoC e-commerce, which is mainly made up of small parcels: in 10 years, the share of deliveries to private individuals has risen from 2% to 38%. And DHL Express expects these BtoC imports to represent 55 to 60% of its volumes in 2025.

34,000 m² of scalable space

In response to this growth in flows, DHL Express spends more than €1 billion a year to modernise and increase the capacity of its 23 hubs around the world. The Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub has been planned for several years.

Among the group's twelve European regional hubs, it is the one that benefits from the largest investment: €170 million. The new building, designed by GSE, was completed last May and will be commissioned in October 2021.

Located on a 9-hectare site five minutes from the airport runways (cargo zone 7 of Paris-CDG), this 34,000 sq. m. warehouse and office sorting centre is six times larger than the old one and can be expanded.

It has 61 loading/unloading docks, six times larger than the current building. It will accommodate between 500 and 600 employees, including 50 to 100 net job creations.