Peel Ports has announced Culina Group as the first major tenant at its National Import Centre, which is being developed on the multi-million pound Port Salford site – the UK’s first tri-modal inland port facility and distribution park – accessible by rail, road and short sea-shipping, which will enable direct ship-access for the Liverpool2.
It is anticipated that the majority of container loads will eventually arrive at the national import distribution hub from Liverpool via the Manchester Ship Canal, resulting in significant carbon emission reductions and environmental savings.
Food and drink logistics giant Culina Group will occupy the first warehouse unit comprising 28ha of accommodation, including ancillary offices, service yard and parking.
Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports Group, said “their presence as a market leading logistics organisation, handling the supply chain requirements of some of the world’s biggest, best and most recognisable food and drink companies, will act as a catalyst to attract more logistics providers to the area.
“Liverpool2 is not just a port operator but a logistics provider, operating at the centre of the supply chain and offering flexible, agile and cost effective solutions to our customers. The new terminal’s multi-modal transport links to distribution centres such as Culina Group’s facilities offers direct connectivity that very few other terminal operators in the UK can offer.
“Combining services to provide and [sic] a ship-to-door solution will enable greater efficiencies, both in terms of movement of containers and carbon reduction, and ultimately present some of the best value door-to-door shipping costs that cargo owners will find.”
Thomas Van Mourik, CEO of Culina Group, said “this is fantastic news and a really important development as we seek to enhance our market leading position. Culina Port Salford will give us a real strategic foothold in the North West, enabling us to manage the growth of our existing clients, bring even more new business on board and create a substantial number of jobs in the region.”
Matt Fitton, Director of Development at Peel Holdings, concluded “the facility will also be the first unit developed within the Peel Logistics Initiative and further emphasises both the strength of our regional logistics market and the opportunity that Peel Ports' £300m investment in Liverpool2 will offer to occupiers.
“Work will start on site in mid-summer with the facility available for occupation in March 2016.”