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CHICAGO: October 25, 2017. DHL Express has opened a US$10 million 54,000 sq.ft. global gateway at O'Hare International Airport that features an onsite U.S. Customs operation for faster shipment processing and delivery in the Chicago area and other Midwest markets.

DHL OHareDHL said the expansion would supplement its U.S. network ability to expedite shipments at peak seasons including the November-December holidays.

O'Hare is also home to a 491,000 square-foot facility of DHL Global Forwarding - the largest such building in its worldwide network.

"DHL's expansion in Chicago, which brings new economic activity and jobs to our city, is a direct result of our investments to make O'Hare a top global gateway for air cargo operations," commented Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel.

DHL's new building is located in O'Hare's "state-of-the-art" US$220 million Northeast Cargo Center which will be the largest cargo development built at a U.S. airport in more than a decade when completed in the next few years. It joins an existing DHL operation south of O'Hare and another north of Midway Airport.

The LEED-certified facility can process more than 4,500 shipments an hour, from small parcels to palletized freight, and is on track to be certified by the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) in early 2018.

"DHL remains invested in Chicago as more opportunities arise for businesses in the region to expand internationally and as e-commerce continues to flourish," said Greg Hewitt, CEO of DHL Express U.S. "We are grateful to mayor Emanuel for his leadership, and his city's leadership, in recognizing the strategic importance of O'Hare as a global leader in the air cargo business."

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