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DHL invests 3 million Ksh in Kenya Gateway Facility upgrade

Market leader increases shipment capacity and reaffirms commitment to Kenya and East Africa with new investment

Singapore, 7 November 2009 – DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, today announced that it is investing over 3 million Ksh (USD$45 000) to upgrade DHL Express Kenya’s Gateway facility located at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi. The enhancements to the JKIA Gateway will make the facility one of the most modern logistics processing units in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The investment will improve efficiency and speed of DHL Express Kenya’s shipment processing for cargo passing through the 21,500 square feet facility at JKIA. The investment will also optimize utilization and increase automation at the facility.

DHL Express Kenya is the only international air-express carrier with a dedicated airside hub facility. The gateway and logistics centre is able to handle huge customer consignments processing over 1,000 shipments daily and has provided a great competitive advantage for inbound shipments, especially in processing of DHL’s Import Express product.

Managing Director, DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa, Phil Couchman, said, “The facility serves as DHL’s gateway for Kenya and East Africa and is well suited for imports, area trans-shipments and logistics services. We believe this new development will be an additional boost to East Africa as the region continues to progress in economic and infrastructural development. Furthermore, in tandem with other investments and improvements being implemented by the Kenya Airports Authority, it is clear that JKIA is becoming an ever important artery of the regional economy.”

With the volume of transactions DHL processes on a daily basis, the Kenya Revenue Authority, the government’s revenue collection agency, has stationed a Customs and Excise office within the DHL facility enabling expedited customs clearance formalities.

The DHL Express Kenya Gateway facility also houses the aviation team with two aircraft that supports DHL’s dedicated flight operation within Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda. The gateway facility is also equipped with a 24-hour CCTV monitoring security system to safeguard customer shipments.

Alastair Russell, Area General Manager-Nairobi, DHL Express Kenya, said, “We already have a very established Gateway at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, but we are making this investment to further improve clearance and turnaround times of shipments. Kenya is a vital hub for our clients across East Africa and it is therefore important that we continue to evolve and improve the service we can offer clients in this growing market and stay ahead of the competition through delivering superior speed and efficiency.”

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