Ahead of the upcoming Multimodal event at the Birmingham Exhibition Centre (4-6 April), I decided to take stock of where we are now and the opportunities brought about by the opening of the new deep-water container terminal, Liverpool2.
We promised existing and potential customers that the opening of Liverpool2 in November 2016 would position the Port of Liverpool in a different league. And that our £400million investment would significantly enhance our multiuser Forest Products Terminal capabilities, resulting in measurable cost savings and supply chain efficiencies.
This year’s multimodal will be the first time we have attended offering the new improved Port of Liverpool multiuser Forest Products Terminal, where globally sourced timber and panel products come into the UK, all destined for northern and midlands based customers.
Compliance and speed are fundamental to our business model of delivering the best customer solution. That is why we take pride in our ethical practices, which includes our collaborative partnership with Denholm Group and the Forestry Commission. Together, we work-hand-in-hand to maximise efficient and effective turnaround times, whilst complying with regulations.
Every year across Peel Ports Group we handle and store 1.5million tonnes of Forest bulk and at least 300,000 mt of containerised products. From stevedoring and storage to reprocessing and dispatch, we offer a wide-ranging service to unlock value in the supply chain. This is a significant undertaking which we pride ourselves in doing well.
Our facilities are close to the UK’s major forest product importers, and next to the population centres of London, North West England and Glasgow. Our multi-modal connectivity gives us excellent links to motorway, rail and sea networks, maximising water transport and minimising use of roads. This gives our clients and their customers a more efficient, cost-effective and environmentally responsible way to deal with pulp, paper and timber.
The Port of Liverpool is the only major container terminal in the north or west of the UK and is already the country’s biggest transatlantic port (45% market share). It allows the latest ‘megaships’ to call directly in Liverpool, for onward transport of goods to the rest of the region and wider UK, via road, rail and the Manchester Ship Canal.
We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved in recent months and years, and are very much looking forward to telling representatives from the supply chain attending this year’s Multimodal, that we are open and ready to unlock real value in how we all do business.
Blog by Brad Hooper, MBA, Forest Products Sector Expert
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