The $150 million facility is the largest FedEx Express hub outside the US.
Located on the grounds of the Baiyun International Airport at Guangzhou, China, the company will make it the center of its operations in the Asian-Pacific area for the next 30 years. Commenting on the opening, Michael L. Ducker, president, International, FedEx Express,” says, “The launch of our new Asia Pacific hub is a significant milestone for FedEx (www.fedex.com) and reinforces our long-term commitment to this region.”
The Guangzhou facility replaces the one at Subic Bay. Although that will be decommissioned, FedEx maintains presence in the Philippines where Manila and Cebu are integral components in its AsiaOne network. “The FedEx role as a global logistics facilitator is to connect the world. The new hub will enhance our competitive edge in managing the volume of trade that will be routed to and within this region over the next few decades,” claims David L. Cunningham Jr., president, Asia-Pacific, FedEx Express.
A first for an international air express cargo carrier is the Guangzhou facility’s ramp control tower that permits FedEx to manage and control movements of aircraft. The facility also offers dedicated customs clearance. As it begins operations, the facility’s advanced package and sorting systems can handle 24,000 packages per hour.
Some 136 weekly flights will move into and out of the new hub, connecting it to the 220 countries and territories served by FedEx. “Through our new state-of-the-art hub, we are well-positioned to better serve customers around the world doing business in China and the broader Asia Pacific markets, strengthening global commerce,” observes Ducker.