UPS says the growing manufacturing center north of Shenzhen, China and increased intra-Asian shipping activity have led the logistics giant to spend $180 million to relocate its intra-Asian logistics hub to Shenzhen.
The company’s current intra-Asian hub is in the Philippines at the former Clark Air Force Base.
UPS said Southeast Asian markets in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan account for more than half of UPS’s total intra-Asia volume. The new 92,903 hub will open in 2010.
Dan Brutto, president, UPS International, in a statement, said, ‘Given the growth in shipping along the southern rim of China, it now makes more sense to sort and dispatch this volume from a hub closer to our customers. And in making the switch, because of the growth we’re seeing, we intend to build a new sorting hub in Shenzhen with five times the capacity of the existing hub.’