The new facility will be fully operational this year, with the MSC-owned transport fleet increasing by up to 40 trucks based at the new site.
The new expansion follows significant line haulage growth since May 2020, and builds on the port’s growing number of acquisitions of cargo handing equipment.
Jonathan Burke, Operations Director at MSC UK, said, “MSC’s long established line haulage network offers great value to our customers by seamlessly connecting their cargo across road, rail and sea; delivering a more efficient, cost effective and green transport solution.
“In addition to our existing fleet based in Felixstowe, this expansion, alongside the MSC’s daily rail services from Liverpool to the Midlands, enables us to offer full local and national coverage through the Port or Liverpool for both imports and exports.”
Burke added that Peel Ports’s Liverpool location is a “natural fit” to help MSC further supply chain options in the North West, taking advantage of MSC direct ocean services into Liverpool and dedicated transhipment services.
The new agreement is part of a longer-term investment programme from MSC improving its existing fleet through increasing automation and vehicle tracking.
Burk added, “This exciting expansion of our transport services further underpins our ambition to grow organically whilst continuing to evolve and enhance our offering for customers.
“With this addition to our operation we are giving significant strength both to our Liverpool offering as a gateway port, and our intermodal operation at a difficult time for the market.”