New feeder service provides gateway to Northern Britain from Southampton

5/1/11 3:47 PM

Importers looking for a greener alternative to road and rail can now have their goods shipped all the way from the Far East direct to the North West of England.

X-Press Container Line has added a new connection to its dedicated container feeder services from Southampton.

DP World Southampton is the UK’s premier container terminal for goods arriving from the Far East and offers customers some of the fastest transit times from Asia. The addition of a North West call combines those short transit times with a fast and reliable transhipment operation, arriving in Liverpool two days later.

Neil Fletcher, Senior Account Manager, DP World Southampton, said: “Importers are increasingly looking for ways to make their supply chains leaner and greener. Feeder services are a cost effective and greener alternative to traditional inland distribution. For every container box imported to Liverpool by feeder ship our customers can drastically reduce their CO2 emissions.”

Paul-James Sawyer, Trade Manager, X-Press Container Line, added: “The inclusion of Liverpool into our network is an exciting development which will help ensure that reliable and viable solutions can be offered to our customers servicing the North/North West areas. Furthermore, this expansion continues to improve our commitment to the West Coast UK/ Ireland trade lanes.”

Peel Ports Mersey head of business development Stephen Carr said: "We know there is significant demand for additional services into Northern Britain via Liverpool, as water competes with road and rail on both cost and carbon measures. We then create additional benefits for supply chains through a wide range of value added services at the port including rapid truck turn-around time, flexible storage solutions and inland terminals connected by the Manchester Ship Canal barge service."

"This service will help to relieve the pressure on both road and rail infrastructure from the South, without compromising on the environmental benefits offered by rail. Liverpool is the most centrally positioned port in the UK, meaning it is ideally situated to serve all cargo bound for Northern Britain. Increasing numbers of importers and exporters are starting to look at the full integrated cost of the 'ship-to-door' logistics chain and recognise that Liverpool is the closest port to the largest proportion of end consumers.

Peel Ports recently revealed that AB World Foods, a company that includes brands such as Pataks and Blue Dragon, has switched its supply chain so it can use the Port of Liverpool as its UK import gateway for foodstuffs and raw materials from the Far East and India. This modification will eliminate 300,000 UK road miles and remove over 2,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum, when compared to the company's previous supply chain model that saw container cargoes entering the UK through ports on the south coast and then using trucks to transport cargoes to their final destination. In addition to reducing direct transport related costs, this move also enabled a supply chain that could be more responsive and less exposed to congestion.

Stephen Carr added: "This additional feeder services expands the range of connections available to importers and exporters based across Northern Britain and compliments Liverpool's existing weekly feeder services operated by MSC, from Rotterdam and Antwerp and CMA, from Le Havre."

Neil Berry