Clydeport welcomes Chinese delegation on trade mission to Scotland

Gillian Johnson, Sales Manager at Peel Ports Clydeport, relates a recent visit to the port by companies hoping to increase trade with Scotland.

In December we were delighted to welcome 25 Chinese delegates on a trade mission to Scotland from Guangxi – an autonomous region in south central China.

The visit– coordinated by Renfrew-based Braid Logistics and sponsored by Guangxi Province Government – formed part of a wider immersion mission designed to help the Chinese traders understand logistics management, operations and shipping lines with view to developing overseas trade with Scotland.

The group, led by Henry Tse of the Edinburgh District Chinese Association, were given an overview of the facilities and capabilities of Clydeport’s Greenock Ocean Terminal from operations manager Hugh Hardie and myself, and we were also joined by Martin Craghill, sales and development manager for Braid Logistics.

The group then embarked on a tour of the terminal, widely recognised as Scotland’s global deep-sea gateway.

Located on the Firth of Clyde, the 50 acre Greenock Ocean Terminal has been at the heart of Scotland’s shipping industry since 1876 and acts as a vital connection between Peel Ports’ UK hubs, improving the journey of goods from Greenock to the rest of the world.

Support from partners from logistics companies, including Braid Logistics, provided the delegation with insights to help inform their selection of logistics forwarders and shipping lines.

It’s hoped the group will return to China with the understanding necessary to enable recruitment for a UK-based apprenticeship programme to support Guangxi’s developing trade with both Scotland and the UK.

Hosting the delegation was a brilliant chance for us to highlight the advanced facilities and capabilities we have at Clydeport, allowing us to position our services as the natural choice for importing goods from China to the north of the UK.

Martin Craghill, sales and development manager for Braid Logistics, said: “Scotland is very much open for business and visits of this kind are critically important as we continue to build relationships between international trade partners.”

For more information on Greenock Ocean Terminal, contact Gillian Johnson HERE.

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