Logistics provider UPS has opened a 32,000 sq m package sorting and delivery facility worth US$163m (£120m) at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park.
The new building will act as a UK package processing hub and distribution centre for the local area as well as a gateway to UPS’s global logistics network, with capacity to process up to 28,000 packages per hour and room for further expansion.
Lou Rivieccio, president at UPS Europe, stated: “Ecommerce growth, cross-border trade expansion, and unique customer needs are accelerating demand for UPS’s services.”
Mark Vale, president for UPS UK, Ireland and Nordics, said: “With strong growth in our export volume in the UK, which increased nearly 20% in 2017 and more than 15% in the first quarter of 2018, we are optimistic about the future.”
With over four miles of conveyor belts, the facility features package scanning and sortation equipment that increase the flexibility to efficiently route packages to their final destinations according to the logistics provider.
DP World’s group chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, said that the development confirmed that the terminal’s location “can only add value to supply chains through reductions in cost, time and carbon footprint.”