DP World invests USD 50 million in logistics centre in Busan


DP World invests in a logistics centre to cement Busan New Port’s position as a key supply chain hub for Asia Pacific.

Rendering of DP World Busan Logistics Centre © DP World

Dubai-based terminal operator DP World has assigned USD 50 million investment to develop a new logistics centre in Busan New Port.

The company said the investment aims to strengthen the port’s position as a logistics hub for Northeast Asia and reinforce the global standing of the wider Busan-Jinhae Free Economic Zone (BJFEZ) in business and logistics.

Construction of the facility on the 75,000-sqm land is set to commence at the end of 2024, with operations expected to start by the second quarter of 2026.

The DP World Busan Logistics Centre (BLC) will have the capacity to process nearly 80,000 TEUs of cargo per year by 2028 and offer logistics services such as assembly, processing, and packaging to local and regional customers.

“With this major investment, DP World will be able to combine our strong freight handling and multimodal transportation capabilities with new warehousing and logistics solutions to provide customers in South Korea a more seamless end-to-end supply chain offering,” Glen Hilton, CEO & Managing Director, Asia Pacific, DP World, said.

“DP World Busan Logistics Centre will cement Busan New Port’s position as a key supply chain hub for Asia Pacific, and thus empower local and international businesses to seize the expanding opportunity in intra-Asia trade.”

The BLC plans to specialise in exports of completed automobiles, automotive parts and materials, fishery equipment, machinery and other key Korean industry outputs.

BJFEZ is the third-largest free economic zone in South Korea, with 700 million people living within a 1,200km radius. A gateway to Eurasia and the Pacific, the economic zone is developing a mega ‘Logistics Tri-Port’, which will span sea, air and land ports including Busan New Port, the forthcoming Jinhae New Port, the forthcoming Gadeok International Airport and the Busan New Port Freight Station with rail connections to parts of Eurasia.

DP World already has a significant presence in South Korea. Through its subsidiary, Pusan Newport Company (PNC), it operates the largest terminal in the Port of Busan, the world’s second-busiest transhipment port and one of the highest-performing ports in Asia.

In 2020, DP World acquired a majority stake in UNICO Logistics, a Korean multimodal transport and rail specialist with a large footprint in East Asia, Central Asia and Russia.

As part of the USD 50 million investment, DP World plans to integrate operations of the new BLC with freight handling solutions from PNC and UNICO Logistics’ transcontinental rail freight services.

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