DHL mulls Sri Lanka as SA’s global logistics hub
DHL, a leading air and ocean freight provider which has operated in
Sri Lanka for over 25 years, is exploring the possibility of setting up
a global logistics hub in Sri Lanka to serve the South Asian region.
This follows the recent signing by DHL of a BOI approved joint
venture where a commitment was made to invest US$ 8 million.
The visit by Board Member of Deutsche Post DHL and CEO of DHL Global
Forwarding and Freight to Sri Lanka Hermann Ude is proof of the interest
this Global 100 company has in the country as a future global logistics
centre for South Asia. Ude held discussions with Minister of Enterprise
Development Mano Wijeratne and Chairman/Director General of the BOI
Ude’s delegation included senior company officials including his
chief of staff Christian Allecote, Director Strategic Planning, South
Asia Pacific Ms Anne Schaefer, CEO for South Asia Pacific Amadou Diallo
and CEO for South Asia Thomas Tieber.
The delegation is visiting Sri Lanka on a fact-finding mission as the
island is strategically located to set up a multi-national gateway to
serve India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and other SAARC countries. DHL has
already introduced innovations in Sri Lanka such as GPS tracking and
Garments-on-hanger boxes for the fashion and apparel industry.
Ude said that Sri Lanka’s advantages included very low costs of
maintaining a logistics centre in the country, hence the return of
peace, would lead to investment inflows. He said DHL was evaluating a
country that had a good and clearly structured environment. Sri Lanka
also benefited from a good education system.
Sri Lanka’s strategic location on the East-West trading route,
progressive trade policies, highly literate work force and developed ICT
infrastructure offers considerable opportunities for the logistics