B&M Retail to reduce inland road haulage costs and carbon by utilising port closer to distribution centre

4/27/12 3:33 PM

Peel Ports Mersey has signed a deal with B&M Retail that will result in that company bringing substantially more cargo through the Port of Liverpool, significantly reducing inland road haulage costs, road congestion and CO2 emissions.

B&M confirmed that it will be importing 12,000 teu of cargo, mainly fast-moving consumer goods from the Far East, through the Port of Liverpool in 2012 – four times greater than last year’s figure.

B&M is the UK's fastest growing retailer with sales 30% up on last year and is currently operating 271 stores nationwide, with plans for further store expansion.

The North West-based retailer's head office and main distribution centre is in the Speke area of Liverpool – only 14 miles from the Port of Liverpool.

Until recently all of its imports entered the UK via southern coast ports, before being moved by road and rail to its national distribution centres in Liverpool and Blackpool.

Bobby Arora, B&M Retail’s owner & managing director, said: "Our partnership with the Port of Liverpool has been pivotal to our supply chain and I am in no doubt their co-operation, hard work and dedication to B&M has played a significant part in our success. Our relationship will continue to grow along with our business."

Paul McCoy, business manager at Peel Ports Mersey, which operates both the Port of Liverpool and the Manchester Ship Canal, said: "This is further proof that the strategy of importing through the Port of Liverpool offers real benefits to UK importers."

He added: "Liverpool is the most centrally positioned deep sea port in the UK, ideally situated to serve all cargo bound for Northern Britain by optimising the supply chain, and we are delighted that this has been recognised by B&M Retail."

Christopher Snelling