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DHL Keells positive on Sri Lankan growth

The country representative of DHL Keells (Pvt) Ltd said last week that they had a lot of confidence in the economic progress of Sri anka and looks at opportunities and constantly review action plans. “Now we are looking forward to opening up our activities in the North and East of Sri Lanka” said Manish Patel speaking at the announcement of the opening of its new Air-side Gateway Facility inside the Bandaranaike International Airport Katunayake - Terminal 3.

The announcement was made in Colombo.The facility makes import and export process more efficient – improvement of transit time of up to half a day and is an investment of US $ 374,000 (Rs 43 million) covering 15,000 sq ft. The facility is fully equipped with CCTV, CIA Imaging, material handling equipment, Radio Frequency Scanners, Customized Racking System, Electronic Data Interface, 24 hour in-house customs and security screening.

It provides faster clearance and seamless handling of in-bound and out-bound international consignments which further strengthen DHL’s expertise in Sri Lanka. This new DHL facility is scaled to accommodate future growth over the next 5 years. The Gateway provides fast, convenient and hassle free clearance facilities.

During the announcement Malcolm Monteiro, Senior Vice-President and Area Director – DHL South Asia said that they believed in forming strong partnerships with local authorities such as customs and aviation to provide faster solutions to their customers. The New Centre, he said, reiterates DHL’s global commitment to invest in world class facilities in all the markets it operates in.

He said that the New Gateway in Sri Lanka has set yet another pioneering benchmark that balance efficiency, reliability and excellent service quality. The infrastructure is modeled on successful global hubs that have self controlled operations and achieved outstanding results in facilitating trade.

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