Thursday, February 2

FedEx Express Completes Major Expansion at Miami International Airport

FedEx Express, one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, recently completed a major expansion of its air cargo hub located in the Miami International Airport.

The expansion will increase capacity and functionality at the company’s Americas gateway, which connects United States (USA) and Canada with Latin America and the Caribbean.

The $72.2 million expansion adds more than 12,846 square meters to the main sorting facility, bringing it to a total size of 24,409 square meters.

Enhancements include a new customs clearance area and a new 6,500-square-meter cold chain facility, the largest in the FedEx global network.

The expansion will create hundreds of new cargo center jobs during the holiday shipping season.

“FedEx Express is proud to be one of the largest air cargo carriers operating out of Miami International Airport, and this expansion underscores our commitment to serving South Florida, Latin America and the world,” he said. Richard W. Smith, Regional President of the Americas and Executive Vice President of Global Support for FedEx Express.

The expansion of our cargo center in Miami better positions us to meet growing customer demand and efficiently move the growing volume of e-commerce across our extensive network.”

The expansion of the customs area will help speed up our international operations, since it will shorten the time in the entire customs clearance process. The cold chain facility consists of several rooms that range from -13 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit (-25 to 25 degrees Celsius) that will accommodate the growing demand for the transport of perishable products, such as flowers and food, as well as pharmaceutical and therapeutic products.

“Miami has always been central to our operations, serving as our greatest connection to markets between North and South America,” he said. John Cento, regional president of FedEx Express Latin America and the Caribbean.

The added cold chain capabilities will allow us to expand verticals in the Latin America region that require refrigeration, and the new customs clearance space will help streamline trade in and out of the busy air cargo port.”

“The expansion of FedEx Express at the Miami airport continues to increase the capacity of Miami-Dade for international trade and e-commerce, especially ahead of the busy holiday shipping season, further positioning our county as a leader in freight transportation in the country and the hemisphere,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.

“In addition to increasing the shipping and cargo capacity of the Miami airport, the cargo center of FedEx Express largest is creating hundreds of jobs for residents of Miami-Dade and growth opportunities for local businesses.”

Between 2019 and 2020, the volume of FedEx shipments in the county of Miami-Dade, Florida, grew by 30.9%.

Planned capital improvement projects, such as the expansion at Miami International Airport, help the company keep pace with demand while generating local jobs and economic activity in the community