We’ll be heading back to Brazil in the first week of April for South America’s biggest logistics trade show – Intermodal. Since our last visit to Sao Paolo, there have been a lot of changes close to home that we’re looking forward to discussing with our contacts at the event.
The first is Brexit, and we know from our customers around the world, that they want to understand the potential impact of the UK leaving the European Union. As the only deep-sea container terminal on the UK’s west coast, with the capability to handle the biggest ships in the world, we have a unique perspective on what this might mean for trade between Latin America and Europe.
The other major development since last year’s Intermodal, is that our new container terminal; Liverpool2, was officially opened in November 2016. It was opened by the UK Government’s Secretary of State for International Trade; Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, underlining the importance of our facility to the UK’s relationships with economies overseas – a point that has been restated by the Prime Minister; Theresa May.
As one of the UK’s largest port groups, we see huge potential for increased trade between UK and Latin America. We have exciting plans that will help our current and new customers to unlock value from their supply chain and know that Latin American shippers could save money by shipping closer to the North of England, where the majority of UK goods are consumed.
Of course, there’s a lot of uncertainty in the global economy, plus the continued challenges of over-capacity and low rates in the container shipping industry. Whatever happens, though, Peel Ports has a diversified business that’s well placed to succeed in the turbulent times to come.
I’m certain all of these hot topics will keep us busy with discussions at Intermodal.
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