The new facility, with designated onsite customs clearance, will be located at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport and is slated for completion in early 2017.
Establishing a new hub at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport is a strategic move for Memphis-based FedEx. The airport is expected to become the world’s top air cargo hub by 2015 and recently received approval to carry out an expansion project that is expected to increase its freight handling capacity to five million tons annually by 2020. When launched, the new hub is expected to more than triple the capacity of the current FedEx facility in Shanghai, allowing it to process up to 36,000 documents and parcels per hour.
“FedEx currently serves Shanghai with 68 flights a week, both inbound and outbound, including several direct flights between Shanghai, the U.S. and Europe,” said Raj Subramaniam, senior vice president, Global Marketing, FedEx Services.
The airport has been the focus of a number of cargo airlines recently, including UPS who developed a hub there in 2008.