Europa Dartford Hub 4th anniversary

Europa Worldwide Group has spent £2m expanding its Dartford hub to cope with any customs backlog after Brexit.

The company, which is celebrating its fourth anniversary at its Dartford headquarters, fast-tracked plans to expand the 86,509sq ft facility to ensure it was "Brexit ready".

Under the recently completed expansion programme, the central hub, which handles all the firm’s European consignments, has seen its racking and transit zone increased to create 75% more space.

Dan Cook, Europa operations director, said the number of European consignments handled at the site had increased by 64% since it was opened in May 2015, from 22,000 to 36,000 a month.

Staff numbers onsite have also grown from 220 to 360.

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Cook added: “This re-development means we are well placed in terms of Brexit readiness with extra valuable capacity should a situation develop that impedes the smooth and quick rotation of cargo passing between the continent and the UK.

“We have invested so that our terminal should not lose efficiency as it becomes jammed with cargo that cannot move as it awaits customs formalities. Creating extra capacity is a major part of our planning strategy.”