FedEx Express has announced its decision to establish a new FedEx North Pacific Regional Hub at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan. The 24-hour NPAC regional hub will serve as a consolidation point for shipments from northern Asia to the United States and operate as an international gateway for western Japan customers.
The agreement with Kansai International Airport Co. Ltd. for the 25,000 square-meter facility includes customs clearance operations, ramp operations, sort and transshipment operations. It is expected the facility will be in operation in spring 2014. The role of the FedEx Asia Pacific Hub in Guangzhou, China remains unchanged.
“Asia is said to be the powerhouse of the world economy, and its trade volume is expected to reach $14 trillion by 2015,” says David L. Cunningham Jr., president, Asia Pacific, FedEx Express. “With the establishment of the FedEx NPAC Regional Hub, we will be able to provide a superior level of service to our customers within and outside of the APAC region. I believe the new facility will play a major role in contributing to Asia’s growing economy.”
“We find that the location of KIX is convenient for both the major Asian markets and cities in the United States, and it has also had outstanding 24-hour operations since its opening in 1994,” says Masamichi Ujiie, regional vice president, North Pacific, FedEx Express. “We are looking forward to working together with KIAC as their partner. FedEx will further enhance its operations and services to our customers to continue the strong momentum of the Asia Pacific region’s economy.”