Liverpool association trains in grain during port visit
Simon Watson, Business Unit Manager, Bulks, Port of Liverpool
It’s with great pride that we hosted a visit from Liverpool Grain & Feed Trade Association to the Port of Liverpool on 26 September. It was a fantastic chance to show off the first-rate facilities and expertise we have in Liverpool when it comes to handling animal feed and other agricultural bulks.
A branch of GAFTA, the 26-strong Liverpool contingent were being put through their paces on a two day trade awareness course in the city.
All of them are employed by members of GAFTA and so have a natural interest in what goes on at our storage facilities because they’re involved with businesses that use materials and bulks which are imported via Liverpool.
GAFTA is an international trade association with over 1800 members in 95 countries. Its aim is to promote global trade in agricultural commodities, spices and general produce, and to protect its members’ interests worldwide.
Part of our tour included the £7.4m Animal Feed expansion project which in 2018 supercharged our capabilities and capacity to handle bulk agricultural goods. Across the Port of Liverpool, our capacity for bulk food commodities is close to 500,000 sq ft, or the equivalent of nine football pitches.
We partnered with global animal feed trader and supply chain leader ADM Agriculture to expand their existing portside facility by 140,000 sq ft, making it the largest animal feed store in the UK.
The GAFTA-approved facility serves the livestock industry in the Midlands, Wales and the North of the UK.
As well as the new warehouse at Liverpool, ADM Agriculture have filled 470,000 sq ft of capacity at Clydeport and also used Great Yarmouth Port to import animal feed in order to service local markets near the port in the farming and fertiliser community.
We’re building a long-term partnership with ADM, our network means we’re uniquely well placed to provide access to the most important markets in the UK, with the quality of service to ensure they deliver for their customers.
The visit from GAFTA trainees was a fantastic opportunity to further strengthen our relationship with the industry and highlight the investments we are making in Liverpool and across our port estate.
We look forward to welcoming members from GAFTA to the port again very soon.
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