By Moses Nosike
In a way to ensure a smooth business running domestically and internationally, DHL, a global market leader in the international express and logistics industry, has inaugurated its N405m International Airside Gateway in Lagos.
The Gateway which will boosts its operations in Nigeria, was officially inaugurated by the Honourably Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili. This facility is the first of its kind in Nigeria, and the largest in West Africa according to the Country Managing Director, Mr. Michael Druce.
Mr Michael Druce explained that with the new facility in place that will culminate for four years of planning, the company will be able to connect Nigeria with the key growth markets of Asia through our HUB in Leipzig in 48 hours.
He said that the facility which helps to process over 3,500 domestic and international shipments daily through DHL also will provide businesses in Nigeria a crucial link to DHLâ€™s global network, spanning 220 countries and territories. â€œWith five aircraft a day operating out of Nigeria, DHL, with the support of its own West Africa HUB in Lagos, Nigeria, DHL is able to provide the fastest transit times across Africa and onto the Europe, USA and beyondâ€, he said.
With the company celebrating its 30th anniversary in Nigeria, and 40th anniversary of its operations worldwide, it becomes an added advantage to the company that the new gateway greatly enhances DHLâ€™s established business in Nigeria with a strong domestic network serving 35 cities with 85 offices across the country, Mr. Druce said.
According to him, DHL Nigeria has a customer base in Nigeria from diverse industries; Banking and Financial institutions, Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Pharma, Motor Vehicle, Aeronautical, Oil & Gas, Construction and Engineering, is encouraging and the through this medium restates the companyâ€™s commitment to providing our customers with world class service, he said.
In the same vein, Regional Director, DHL Sub Saharan Africa, Mr. Phil Couchman said, the new facility demonstrates DHLâ€™s commitment to Nigeria and acknowledges Nigeriaâ€™s vital economic importance in the DHL network worldwide. Stating, he said, the company has pioneered a truly international service that connects people and companies from all corners of the world, facilitating global trade with speed and efficiency.
Mr. Couchman said further that the company broadened its footprint and opened markets for the brand when Deuche Post acquired a 100% shareholding in DHL, while staying dedicated to its strong values and operating principles, he said.
He said that from small beginnings 30 years ago, DHL Nigeria now employs over 410 staff in Nigeria and also participates in local and global corporate responsibilities.