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DHL eCommerce expands Hong Kong distribution hub for S China exports

SDI Logistics Co.,Ltd | Updated: Jun 05, 2018

DHL eCommerce, a division of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has expanded its Hong Kong distribution centre on account of expectations that China's e-commerce export trade will reach EUR1.6 trillion (US$1.844 trillion) by 2020.

The Hong Kong distribution centre will support e-commerce export growth particularly from the South China region such as in Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Hong Kong and will connect e-commerce exports to 220 countries and territories worldwide.

"Cross-border e-commerce continues to flourish in China with revenues rising over 80 per cent year on year to reach EUR12 billion in 2017, out of which EUR4 billion are in e-commerce exports," said DHL eCommerce CEO Charles Brewer.

"We see a huge opportunity for China e-commerce exports particularly to popular markets such as the UK and US but increasingly also to emerging markets such as Southeast Asia, India and Latin America. DHL is investing in our presence in China to ensure we are well-positioned to support businesses to capture cross-border e-commerce opportunity," Mr Brewer added.

The Hong Kong distribution centre will focus on e-commerce exports weighing up to two kilogrammes to 220 countries and territories worldwide and up to 20kg to popular e-commerce export markets such as UK, US, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Asia Pacific (Australia, Israel, India and Southeast Asia).

With a capacity to manage 70 million shipments annually and the ability to handle special shipments such as lithium batteries, the facility will support e-commerce sellers looking to export to an increasing number of markets internationally.

"Many of our customers are now gaining an international following in various categories such as fashion, electronic and home accessories but we are also seeing increasing popularity in more categories such as pet accessories, menswear and sports equipment," said managing director Zhi Zheng.

"In addition, specialised services provided by e-commerce platforms and marketplaces, such as foreign language expertise and logistics and distribution services, all help to boost cross-border e-commerce exports. In China, we work very closely with e-commerce platforms and direct customers to support Chinese sellers internationalise their products."