The new 20,000 square metre facility contains more than double the operating area of the previous Tokyo Distribution Centre (TDC). It also offers bonded warehousing services and will house the Minato Service Centre, a dedicated service centre offering customer pick-up and delivery options for the surrounding area.
The move is necessary because of strong sustained volume growth in DHL Express Japan over the years – the previous Tokyo Distribution Centre facility had already reached full capacity. With the relocation, the DHL Express Tokyo Distribution Centre will be converted into the DHL Express Tokyo Central Service Centre. This service centre will subsequently become DHL’s largest service centre in Japan, bolstering DHL Express’ service offering for customers. This adds to DHL Express’ network of 29 Service Centres and 173 Service Points across the country.
“The new DHL Express Tokyo Gateway marks the largest investment to date by the company in Japan and enhances our extensive operational network in the country. It underscores our commitment to providing high quality service to support our customers’ growth ambitions. The opening of our new Tokyo facility comes as Japan moves to finalise its acceptance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is expected to boost Japan’s GDP by up to JPY15 trillion (approximately $137.5 million) by 2030,” said Ken Allen, CEO of DHL Express. “Both the TPP and a general liberalisation in trade policy will support the continued growth of the region in the coming years.”
“The 20,000 square metre DHL Express Tokyo Gateway is one of three DHL Express gateways in Japan, complementing the company’s existing 10,100 square metre Kansai Gateway and 8,000 square metre Chubu Gateway which cover the country’s major business districts. We believe the Japan market has room to grow further, especially in the e-commerce and automotive sectors, and we see increasing demand for international shipping needs from China and South East Asia into Japan. To address these customer requirements, we have invested in the development of the Express industry across the region, and have the best people in place to provide excellent customer service,” said Ken Lee, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific.