The expansion will increase capacity and capabilities at the company’s Americas gateway that connects the U.S. and Canada to Latin America and the Caribbean. The $72.2 million expansion adds more than 138,000 square feet to the main sort facility, bringing it to a total of more than 282,000 square feet.
The enhancements include a new customs clearance area and a new 70,000-square-foot cold chain facility, the largest in the FedEx global network. The expansion will create hundreds of new jobs at the hub.
“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 broader world,” said Richard W. Smith, regional president of the Americas and executive vice president of global support at FedEx Express. “The expansion of our Miami hub better positions us to meet growing customer demand and efficiently move increased e-commerce volume through our vast network.”
The expansion of the customs clearance area will help accelerate international operations, as it will shorten the times throughout the entire customs clearance process.
“Miami has always been critical to our operations, serving as our largest gateway connecting markets across North and South America,” said Juan Cento, regional president for FedEx Express Latin America and the Caribbean. “The added cold chain capacities will enable us to expand verticals in the Latin American region that require refrigeration, and the new customs clearance space will help expedite trade in and out of the busy air cargo port.”
Between 2019 and 2020, FedEx shipping volume through Miami-Dade County, Florida, grew 30.9 percent. Planned capital improvement projects such as the expansion at Miami International Airport help enable the company to keep pace with demand, while creating local jobs and economic activity in the community.
In separate news, FedEx Corp. received its first five of an order of 500 electric Light Commercial Vehicles (eLCVs) from BrightDrop, a new electric delivery and logistics business from General Motors (GM). The introduction of BrightDrop’s all-electric, zero-tailpipe emissions vehicles into the FedEx fleet is an important step in the company’s goal to take its global operations carbon neutral by 2040.
“The delivery of the first BrightDrop EV600s is a historic moment, born out of a spirit of collaboration between two leading American companies,” said Mitch Jackson, chief sustainability officer at FedEx. “At FedEx, transforming our pickup and delivery fleet to electric vehicles is integral to achieving our ambitious sustainability goals announced earlier this year. This collaborative effort shows how businesses can take action to help usher in a lower-emissions future for all.”
FedEx has set a goal to operate an all-electric, zero-emission global pickup and delivery (PUD) fleet by 2040. As part of that effort, FedEx Express, plans for 50 percent of its global PUD vehicle purchases to be electric by 2025, rising to 100 percent by 2030. The collaboration with BrightDrop has created an avenue to help achieve these goals, backed by a world leader in the automotive industry.
Powered by the Ultium battery platform, the EV600 is designed for deliveries, with an estimated range of up to 250 miles on a full charge. Purpose-built for the delivery of goods and services, the vehicle offers more than 600 cubic feet of cargo area.
These first few EV600s were delivered to the FedEx Express facility in Inglewood, Calif., where they will be housed and operated. To support the new vehicle technology, FedEx is building charging infrastructure across its network of facilities, including the 500 charging stations the company has already installed across California. FedEx is also actively working with utility companies to help evaluate and determine the capacity needed for electrical grids to support such charging infrastructure.
“With a longstanding mission to connect the world responsibly and resourcefully, FedEx is investing in transformative solutions fueled by innovation,” said Jackson. “That’s why we’re eager to roll up our sleeves and get to work alongside the BrightDrop team, as well as other stakeholders in the private and public sector.”