NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 7 – Logistics company, DHL has announced that it is investing Sh3.4 million ($45 000) to upgrade DHL Express Kenya’s Gateway facility located at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi.
DHL Express Managing Director for Sub Saharan Africa Phil Couchman said the investment would improve the efficiency and speed of DHL Express Kenya’s shipment processing for cargo passing through the 21,500 square feet facility at JKIA.
“The enhancements to the gateway will make the facility one of the most modern logistics processing units in Sub-Saharan Africa,” he said adding that it would also optimise utilisation and increase automation at the facility.
The official said this move would also enable them to remain competitive by ensuring fast and efficient package delivery.
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,” the MD said while pointing to the modernisation of the airport which upon completion would further enhance JKIA as a regional hub.
The centre is able to handle customer consignments processing over 1,000 shipments daily and has provided a great competitive advantage for inbound shipments.
Mr Couchman said the volume of transactions has prompted the Kenya Revenue Authority to station a Customs and Excise office within the DHL facility enabling expedited customs clearance formalities.
The facility also houses the aviation team with two aircraft that supports DHL’s dedicated flight operation within Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda.