Stobart Europe is hitting the New Year running with the establishment of an important new division - Stobart Multimodal

Culina Group has established a new division, Stobart Multimodal, which it said would address the pressure being exerted on its customers’ supply chains and limit disruption.

Stobart Multimodal will provide a range of integrated services, including ambient and temperature-controlled logistics; rail and road transport to continental port of exit; export customs formalities; import customs clearances and deliveries to Culina Group locations.

Following its acquisition of Stobart Europe last year, Culina accelerated its strategy of a fully integrated supply chain, prompted in large part by the pandemic, Brexit and the driver shortage.

It said Covid-exacerbated Brexit issues had frequently caused continental loads to arrive in to the UK late, resulting in empty shelves in stores.

As a result, Stobart Multimodal aims to smooth out the current supply chain problems.

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Thomas Van Mourik, Culina Group chief executive, said: “Well over 100,000 full loads are delivered into Culina Group warehouses from the continent each year and up until now we have had limited control over when goods would be arriving.

“Stobart Multimodal will address this.

“High-level logistics solutions will be offered and performance will be guaranteed, all backed up by emergency solutions in the form of Culina Group resources.”

Additionally, the group has appointed Arthur Koutstaal as senior supply chain specialist for the new division: “He has always had strong links with the UK and Ireland and has historically worked very closely with Culina Group delivering into our warehouses so knows our business well,” Van Mourik added.