Deutsche Post DHL recently announced the opening of a brand new terminal in Budapest, Hungary. The facility builds on the German courier and freight specialist's Eastern European network and is strategically located at Budapest airport with easy access to highways. DHL Global Forwarding, the air and sea freights specialist division of the company, started operations in the new facility in August while DHL Freight will move to the new premises in December. A total of almost 200 DHL employees, drawn from both departments, will soon be working in the new location.
At the inauguration ceremony, CEO Frank Appel stressed that Central and Eastern Europe were important areas of growth for the company. Peter Bartha, CEO of DHL Freight Hungary, commented that the country "has been and will remain a very important market for us. According to DHL Freight's macroeconomic market intelligence report, the country's development will continue to improve by 2.4% in export and 2.2% in import rates. The improved facility will allow us to easily cope with this growth and the two business units will drive continuous improvement across the company and remain keenly focused on quality operations"
When fully operational, the new facility will handle approximately 18,000 tons of air freight, 16,200 TEU of ocean freight, 50,000 LTL and 33,000 FTL shipments per annum.