DHL Express’ world-class logistics facility at Ras Bufontas Free Zone, once fully operational, will provide the most flexible and efficient service to customers in Qatar.
“DHL has been in Qatar for 40 years and we have been upgrading our facilities, infrastructure throughout the world. This is just part of the solution to beef up improvement in our connectivity for places like Qatar,” DHL’s deputy vice president of operations for the Mena, Bachi Spiga told reporters on the sidelines of a tour of site of the company’s state-of-the-art facility Wednesday.
DHL Express, the world’s largest express network, signed an agreement with the Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) Wednesday to establish a QR120mn logistics facility at Ras Bufontas Free Zone.
Spiga, who was at the event, stressed that the 19,000sq m facility is being built and designed to provide the best service for both imports and exports.
He said they expect the new DHL facility, which is adjacent to the Hamad International Airport, to operate before the year-end.
“Hopefully, we’ll have in the second phase 24-hour customs on site, so that we are able to clear consignments round-the-clock as we do in a number of locations around the world,” he noted. “Customers in Qatar are able to get the best possible benefit from the DHL network.”
About further expansion, Spiga said: “We will unify a number of locations in here. This is positive as all our units will be together increasing operating efficiency.
“There is a phase two, wherein the customs will move in here and we will go in for 24/7 operations hopefully with customs clearance. We’ll move in first and then take one phase at a time,” Spiga added.