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PD Ports unveils new digital platform to encourage trade on River Tees

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PD Ports has launched a new digital platform for users, potential investors, and stakeholders to access information on the River Tees.

PD Ports, the Statutory Harbour Authority for the River Tees and owner and operator of Teesport, has been developing the platform since late 2020.

Throughout the process, PD Ports engaged with businesses and stakeholders across the River Tees, offering updates on the project as well as inviting stakeholders to take part and create a free company profile to demonstrate the knowledge and expertise that sits along the banks of the River Tees.

Frans Calje, PD Ports CEO, said the new digital hub will accelerate the company’s vision to make the River Tees the UK’s most successful port region by 2050.

Calje added that the platform will support future trade growth, strengthening Teesport’s position as the Northern Gateway for international trade.

Calje commented, “The River Tees is the lifeblood of the Tees Valley and a leading gateway for international trade, providing 24/7 access to global markets and linking the region to key industrial connections around the world.

“The new website will showcase the unique strengths of our region to inward investors, demonstrate the world-class infrastructure and unparalleled connectivity we have at Teesport as well as promote job and training opportunities in order to drive social value in the Tees Valley.

Teesport contributes in excess of £1.4 billion to the UK economy every year and supports over 22,000 jobs in the supply chain.

Julie Underwood, Executive Director of International Trade at the North East England Chamber of Commerce, added, “PD Ports has delivered an invaluable tool in the new Teesport Website and it certainly reflects the enormous asset the Port is to the Tees Valley and the wider North East.

“It presents the scale of the port, and all the businesses utilising this facility in a very engaging way, demonstrating the value of the River Tees to the continued prosperity of our region and the people who work and live here.”

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