DHL-ShanghaiCHINA: DHL has greatly increased its cold storage capabilities in China by doubling the size of its air freight logistics centre in Shanghai.

The €16m investment expands its current Shanghai air freight facility, building up a new warehouse and 1,600m² cold storage facilities for life sciences and healthcare customers.

Housing a four-storey office, the entire facility will accommodate almost 1,000 staff when fully operational. It will be home to all DHL Shanghai staff in air freight operations and product teams as well as the complete customer service team. 500 staff moved in when the office became operational at the start of the year.

The now-operational expanded warehouse covers a total space of 15,211m² – more than double the size of the original warehouse. The new 1,600m² temperature controlled storage area includes a cool room, control room and refrigeration container operating at different temperature range from 2-8ºC, 15-25ºC and -18 to 0ºC.

“The demand for cold chain services is increasing and we now have 20 times more capacity than we did,” explained DHL Global Forwarding China CEO Steve Huang. “Not only do we now have the space but we are also offering a world class standard DHL Thermonet service. Our customers in China have peace of mind knowing that they can choose a seamless temperature controlled service that has complete integrity – from temperature controlled trucks, warehouses, transit shuttles to flights – all continually monitored by DHL’s smart sensors.”