Sept 12, 2016: DHL has expanded its operations in Seattle with the opening of a new service centre facility.
This new 26,000-sq.-ft facility located near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport can process more than 1,000 pieces per hour. It serves greater Seattle and outlying areas for pickup, delivery and sorting operations of international shipments.
It complements a 42,000-sq.-ft DHL service centre facility south of downtown Seattle on East Marginal Way.
The $4 million-dollar investment was primarily driven by heavy demand and growth in international shipping by local businesses trading internationally, e-commerce shipping, as well as technology /software companies and retailers based in Washington State.
Both service centres also provide base operations for DHL Express services throughout Washington State.
“Our new facility near the airport provides DHL with growth opportunities as we continue to expand our footprint in the region,” stated John Cornish, general manager for DHL Express US.
“Seattle is home to some of the largest and most successful companies in the world, as well as many growing tech firms. Our import and export customers will appreciate the service benefits as well as another convenient service pickup and drop off point.”
There are over 50 employees based at the new service centre, including management, clerical staff, couriers and sales personnel.
The state-of-the-art facility handles a variety of shipments, including international small parcels as well as palletized and container freight.
In May 2016, DHL moved from King County International Airport (Boeing Field), to SeaTac, a Category 1 airport, which improved service by increasing the capability for accepting inbound aircraft in inclement weather.
DHL operates 20 flights per week from SeaTac Airport using Boeing 757 and 767 freighter aircraft, in addition to 10 feeder flights to and from Spokane in eastern Washington.