DP world claimed the UK’s global connectivity had been boosted with the arrival of the first vessel under a new South America shipping service at its ‘smart logistics hub’ in London Gateway.
The marine terminal operator said the jointly-operated Europe-to-East Coast South America service would carry British automotive parts for manufacture abroad, with frozen food and construction materials being imported in the opposite direction.
The new service is part of a collaboration between DP World and shipping giant COSCO, who recently announced the let-upon-completion of a new 120,000 sq. ft warehouse at London Gateway’s logistics park.
Ahsan Agha, port operations director at DP World London Gateway, said: “This new service shows that London Gateway is continuing to grow its role at the heart of Britain’s trading future.
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“We have a unique two port strategy offering customers a choice of deep-water entry and exit points to and from this country, meaning greater flexibility and choice for shipping lines, cargo owners and exporters.
“In the UK we are now able to combine our port, rail and logistics park infrastructure at London Gateway with our recent investments in logistics services.
“Our combined assets will increasingly provide an integrated supply chain to our customers, enabling them to move goods from the factory floor to the customer door,” Agha added.