DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL Group, has expanded its presence in key Southern border stations to satisfy the needs of local customers who require air freight, ocean freight, customs brokerage, warehouse and domestic services.
The six stations form part of DHL’s strategic plan to grow its freight forwarding services in main cities across the United States.
“We are continuously searching for ways to provide more access to our services for our customers, and we feel that investing in San Diego, Tucson, Nogales, El Paso, Laredo and McAllen stations is integral to that goal,” said David Goldberg, US chief executive officer for DHL Global Forwarding.
DHL is now present in San Diego CA due to the company’s close links to telecommunications, biotechnology, software and electronics industries supporting the 33% export growth in San Diego seen between 2006 and 2016. Nogales and Tucson AZ, both part of the Arizona Sun Corridor mega region, also were earmarked as key locations for DHL due to their proximity to markets such as Mexico and California.
Similarly, El Paso TX stood out for being the 10th-largest exporter in the United States, according to a report by the International Trade Administration, and its various industries, including military, food production and apparel. McAllen TX’s cross-border history and status as a southern Texas/northern Mexico retail trade center were also integral in DHL’s decision to expand its presence there. Laredo TX, with a 2015 export value of about $8 billion, was equally noteworthy.
As part of its efforts to reach out to the local business community and share relevant information with businesses importing and exporting to and from the United States, DHL Global Forwarding held educational courses on the International Commercial Terms (INCOTERMS 2010) at each of the stations in 2017. INCOTERMS are pre-defined commercial terms and rules published by the International Chamber of Commerce for delivery of goods under sales contracts for domestic and international trade.
DHL Global Forwarding’s new Southern border stations employ 300 employees in total and are all strategically located near international airports and border crossings. To date, the company has solidified its presence in 18 US cities, with a total of 37 stations nationwide.