The Port of Liverpool welcomed Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry yesterday (Thursday 22 February) as part of Northern Powerhouse’s International Week, to mark the region’s potential for increasing UK exports.

The Minister was given a tour of the site, including the Liverpool2 container terminal, and heard about Peel Ports’ plans to help UK-based businesses reach overseas markets.

Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry said: “It was fitting to be in Liverpool visiting Peel Ports to celebrate the global success of northern businesses as part of our International Week. Three hundred years after the Port of Liverpool became the first commercial wet dock in the world the Liverpudlian docks continue to innovate, with developments like the Liverpool2 container terminal ensuring the docks retain their status as a leading exporter from the Northern Powerhouse to the world.”

Mark Whitworth, Peel Ports’ Chief Executive, added: “The potential of our facilities in Liverpool to transform the UK logistics scene has led us to partnering with the Department for International Trade on a series of events to help UK businesses reach new export markets. Over the years we’ve worked with many companies who use Liverpool to connect with customers across the world. That shared expertise, backed by the DIT’s advice, can help identify and overcome the barriers that SMEs in particular feel they face in increasing revenues from overseas.”

Exporting has helped underpin the rise of the north, with over £54.5 billion of goods from 25,000 companies exported in 2016. The Northern Powerhouse region has an economy worth over £329bn, with three trade missions taking place during International Week to further promote northern goods and services.

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