DHL has opened a new $35 million airfreight facility at Melbourne airport. The new facility claims to offer the latest in technology, security and environmental credentials and to boost Victoria and Tasmania’s international trade.
Amadou Diallo, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding South Asia Pacific said: "We have experienced double-digit growth in Australia over the past few years and the new warehouse is a substantial investment in Victoria and Tasmania’s future. Infrastructure in the South Pacific, such as this new hub, also helps support DHL’s overall growth strategy for Asia.”
Covering almost 50,000 m², an area more than twice the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the new facility includes two coolrooms designed to handle the southern states’ vibrant perishables exports.
Tuna and salmon products to Japan is one of DHL’s largest perishable airfreight products. The company has also experienced significant growth in live abalone and fruit products to Asia, and other perishable products to the Middle East.
Technologies such as automated temperature monitoring alarms, extensive multiple chiller chambers, freezers and temperature controlled handling and loading area, ensure the handling of customers’ products exceeds all relevant food safety standards.
In addition to perishable food products, the warehouse is also designed to support Australia’s developing pharmaceutical, vaccine, and life science sectors in trading with international markets.
The specialist nature of the pharmaceutical and life science sectors have been recognised in the development of 850 m² of multiple variable temperature-controlled cool rooms that meet the highest attainable industry standards.
Customers from all industry sectors will benefit from the buildings advanced security features that include the very latest high resolution, 24-hour security monitoring system and a “secured holding” area for the handling of high value and sensitive goods. It is also designed with advanced ‘green’ features relating to indoor environmental qualities and energy saving measures including three rain tanks, supporting our commitment to the environment.