Auto market demand prompts DHL to triple capacity in Charleston

This week, DHL has invested US$2.2 million in a 16,200-square-foot facility near Charleston International Airport (CHS), which will “shorten delivery times to and from the airport,” and nearly triple the capacity, compared to its previous facility.

South Carolina has attracted “some of the largest U.S. automotive manufacturing hubs,” DHL said, referring to makers like Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Volvo, who operate manufacturing facilities in the region.

The pickup and delivery center has a sorting capacity of 2,000 pieces an hour, which matches DHL’s projected growth in the region through 2025.

Chet Paul, general manager of the Southeast for DHL Express U.S., said the decision for the expansion was in response to the “explosion in international e-commerce among businesses of all sizes.”