DHL Opens Pharma Logistics Hub in Indianapolis


New 30,000 square-foot facility will support temperature-controlled air cargo services in the region.

Loading cargo plane. Image Credit: Adobe Stock Images/Pierre-Yves Babelon

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight forwarding division of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has opened its newest Indianapolis facility. The company’s $1.5 million project features a 30,000 square-foot new end-of-runway center at the Indianapolis International Airport—offering direct access to the airport ramp—which will combine with a DHL ground handling operation and B777F air cargo freighter connection with Liege, Belgium, to offer a temperature-controlled cargo service in the US market.

According to the freight forwarder, the end-to-end process is designed to ship pharmaceuticals and other life-sciences products without the need for specialized temperature-controlled unit loading devices, maintaining quality control. It can also result in a reduction in transportation costs, along with time in transit.

“Indiana is an important pharmaceutical hub in the United States, and our focus is to ensure seamless and safe transportation of the important products being developed here to facilitate the growth of our customers’ operations in the region,” says Jose Maria de Orduna, regional vice president, US East region of DHL Global Forwarding. “This investment, combined with the know-how of our specialized life sciences and health care team in the US, will allow us to provide a unique end-to-end cold chain air cargo service that delivers both cost and transit time benefits for our customers.”

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