FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company, has opened its sorting facility in the new cargo terminal of Katowice Airport in December. This investment is part of the company’s network expansion strategy, creating more capacity and enabling more business connections in Europe and around the world.
„Our sorting facility in the newly opened terminal of the KTW airport provides us with the capacity to double the number of packages processed. Using state of the art infrastructure we will be able to serve our customers even faster and more efficiently, and help exporting businesses stay competitive” – says Mariusz Mik, managing director of Poland Operations, FedEx Express Polska.
FedEx is able to meet increasing demands for international logistics services due to its sorting facilities in Katowice, but also its operations in Warsaw, with FedEx operating 16 flights a week from Poland within the global FedEx network – to more 220 countries and territories worldwide – in three to five business days, notably North America and Asia. Pyrzowice is also home to a courier station allowing for extension of collection times and thus facilitating and speeding up the package shipment process.
The new facility will have a larger capacity, as the total floor space of the FedEx warehouse increases to 750 m² and the office space to 203 m². Also, the customs warehouse is more spacious. The facility also is equipped with an innovative driven roller conveyor system which will significantly cut down the package handling times, along with 10-ton maximum capacity vehicle scales to improve accuracy in weighing cargo.
In recent years FedEx has made several significant investments in Poland. Since 2012 it has opened two modern sorting centers in Łódź and Chorzów. In 2012 it acquired the Polish courier company Opek. More recently, FedEx open a new station in Chorzów, as a boost to companies operating the Upper Silesia region of Poland. This investment is in line with the FedEx strategy of opening the global markets to companies of any size and helping them to successfully grow their business. It’s becoming more important as Polish companies continue to export more every year. The data of Export Credit Insurance Corporation Joint Stock Company (KUKE) indicates that Polish export increased in September by 4% year-on-year and its value is now estimated as EUR 15,7 billion.
FedEx operates in 40 Polish cities and has more than 1200 team members and about 2000 couriers.