Farrall’s Transport has invested £3.5m in a new 81,000ft² food grade facility in Deeside to tap into a predicted boost in port-centric logistics from the opening  of the  Liverpool SuperPort next year.

The new warehouse will be operational by  January 2015 and complements an existing 80,000ft² DC on the same Deeside Industrial Estate, which the Cheshire firm added is also near the M56 and M6 motorways.

MD Mike Farrall said the new warehouse is a major investment for the company.  He added: “Port Centric Logistics has started to gather pace as a supply chain strategy and a growing number of retailers and manufacturers are now looking to store goods and undertake logistics activities close to the port of entry. Being within half an hour’s run of Liverpool’s new SuperPort places Farrall’s in a strong position to tap into this developing market when the port opens in 2015.”

Farrall’s Transport, a founding member and shareholder of PalletForce, will also be re-locating its PalletForce depot from Ashton, near Chester, to the new Deeside warehouse early next year. The company said the move will save two hours a day for each of the vehicles dedicated to PalletForce operations and allows for significant expansion of the company’s pallet network business by offering more than 10,000ft² of covered space and 20,000ft² of yard space.

“Moving our PalletForce depot from Ashton to Deeside places us much closer to our customer base, which allows us to offer a greatly enhanced service, with later cut-off times for collection and earlier delivery times. In addition, the new facility, with its integrated PalletForce facilities, enables us to handle a far greater volume of network business,” said Farrall.