DCT Industrial Trust Inc. ® (NYSE: DCT), a leading industrial real estate company, announced today that it has commenced a public offering of 16,500,000 shares of common stock. In addition, the Company expects to grant to the underwriters for the public offering an option for 30 days to purchase up to 2,475,000 additional shares of common stock. BofA Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, Wells Fargo Securities and Citigroup will serve as the joint book-running managers for the offering. The Company intends to use the net proceeds received from this offering for future acquisitions, development activities, repayment of amounts outstanding under its senior unsecured revolving credit facility, general corporate purposes, or a combination of the foregoing. The offering will be made pursuant to a prospectus supplement to the Company’s prospectus, dated March 23, 2010, filed as part of the Company’s effective shelf registration statement relating to these securities. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities nor will there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction. Copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus relating to these securities when available may be obtained by contacting: BofA Merrill Lynch, Attention: Prospectus Department, 222 Broadway, 7 th Floor, New York, New York 10038 or by email at email@example.com; or J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Attention: Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, telephone 1-866-803-9204. About DCT Industrial Trust ® DCT Industrial Trust is a leading industrial real estate company specializing in the acquisition, development, leasing and management of bulk distribution and light industrial properties in high-volume distribution markets in the U.S. and Mexico. As of June 30, 2012, the Company owned interests in approximately 76.0 million square feet of properties leased to approximately 900 customers, including 17.0 million square feet operated on behalf of five partners.