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DP World saw its hubs at London Gateway and DP World Southampton handle record volumes of cargo in 2021, the company revealed this week.

During the 12-month period, London Gateway saw throughput rise to 1,804,871 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) - a 15% increase on the previous annual record set last year, according to DP World.

In the same period, DP World Southampton, Britain’s second largest container terminal, handled 1,871,081 TEU, bringing the record rise in volumes at both ports to a combined 3,675,952 TEU.

The company attributed the record volumes to strong throughput from existing customers and the arrival of six new major international shipping services at the two terminals.

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Imports and exports through London Gateway and Southampton in the 12-month period included automotive parts, white goods and household furniture, driven by consumers spending more on physical products during the pandemic and a continuing strong demand for foodstuffs.

Both Southampton and London Gateway have both been awarded freeport status as part of Solent Freeport and Thames Freeport respectively, which DP World said will further cement its role in international trade.

Ernst Schulze, DP World chief executive, said: “These record UK numbers underline the fact that we have the capacity and capability to continue delivering first class services for all existing customers whilst expanding customer choice by handling new sailings.

“We also plan to continue our investment in rail interconnectivity at both hubs, easing congestion on the roads. Already, 30% of containers at the Port of Southampton are moved by rail – the highest proportion in the UK.

“We believe in the UK market and have the ambition and the resources to boost growth, support businesses, create jobs and improve living standards. By focusing on solving complex logistical challenges for our customers, we aim to be a partner in their business success, providing fast reliable and flexible links to international supply chains and markets.”