UK Shippers switching to Liverpool to avoid congestion

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Growing amounts of UK shippers are substituting their container import location from the congestion of Southampton and Felixstowe to Liverpool.

Liverpool2 was a £400 million investment by Peel Ports to create a deep-water container terminal capable of handling all vessels in the global fleet. It currently has:

  • 70% yard capacity to support incoming containers;
  • Berth capacity and no queuing for incoming vessels;
  • Fast haulier turnaround time – averaging 42 minutes;
  • Low dwell times for containers;
  • Strong haulier network to service business with Supply Chain Solutions Northern warehouse hub
  • North- and south-bound rail connectivity

The Mersey port’s enlarged terminal capacity means no demurrage and detention charges, as well as faster truck turnaround times and available haulage.

Tom Chambers, Einhell UK MD, explained: “Holding our stock inside a third-party logistics warehouse inside the port has significantly reduced our shunting costs to only 12% of the previous cost of shunting containers from Southampton.

The flow of stock from quayside to warehouse is also much more efficient, and we can now have stock available for picking the day after it arrives in the port. This compares with the previous best case of four days receiving stock from the usually heavily congested ports in the south.

This, in turn, means that we have shorter lead times servicing customers such as Amazon, Argos, Toolstation, Machinemart and Homebase. For greater efficiency both in terms of both cost saving and supply chain it makes perfect sense to make full use the facilities now available in the port of Liverpool.”

Approximately 60% of containers which enter UK ports are destined for the West Midlands or further north, making Liverpool a more efficient port of entry – it would also remove an estimated one million trucks from the road each year, and more than 1600 freight trains from the rail network, reducing related diesel emissions. If manufacturers/suppliers with goods destined for the north using Southampton were to use Liverpool as a UK entry point they could save an average of up to £150 per 40 TEU container and cut up to 260 road miles per journey.  Reduced road miles mean improved on time performance, costs savings on fuel and a decreased reliance on often congested and unreliable road and rail networks. In addition, 35 million people in the UK and Ireland – more than half of the total population – live closer to Liverpool than south-east container ports.

If you supply the UK supermarket groups and are considering using the Port of Liverpool as your point of entry into the UK, we have purpose made solutions to your logistical problems. Our warehouse is located in Warrington (approx. 40 minutes’ drive) from Liverpool and provides full warehousing, logistics and  groupage services to the likes of Aldi, Lidl, B&M, Home Bargains and Morrisons. If you would like more information about our services and how we work with manufacturers and importers, please contact our M.D via email: les.wright@supplychainsolution.ie