KUALA LUMPUR (April 25): Global express services provider DHL Express said today that it will start construction of its Southern Malaysia Gateway in Johor this year, with an investment of RM11 million.
In a statement today, DHL said the gateway will be purpose-built to meet growing demands of Malaysia’s logistics sector, especially in the southern region.
The completion of the facility is planned for the first quarter of 2019.
DHL Express said the facility will be equipped with 50,000 sq ft of warehouse space and serves as a combined gateway and service centre for the import and export of shipments from southern Malaysia to the world and for customer pickups and deliveries within Johor.
“With the e-commerce sector in Malaysia projected to contribute at least RM114 billion to the country’s gross domestic product by 2020, the new gateway is expected to strengthen DHL Express’ global network and facilitate the movement of e-commerce shipments in and out of southern Malaysia,” the statement added.
DHL Express managing director for Malaysia and Brunei, Christopher Ong, said the company is confident that the new gateway will further support growth of the local economy, while meeting its customers’ demands for best in class logistics services.
Solar panels will also be outfitted at the facility as part of the company’s commitment towards achieving its zero emissions target by 2050.
Additionally, DHL Express Malaysia has signed a memorandum of understanding with Malaysian Green Technology Corp to introduce a number of fully electric vans into its vehicle fleet as a pilot.
“This is the company’s first introduction of electric vehicles in the country, and plans to include charging stations within its facilities are also underway,” Ong said.
“By investing in such green technologies, not only does this bring us closer towards achieving our zero emissions target by 2050, it also allows DHL Express Malaysia to remain at the forefront of combating climate change and provide an opportunity for our customers to participate in this endeavour,” he added.