The Port of Tyne has increased its container handling capacity to ease the flow of trade in and out of the UK during the Brexit transition phase and in the event of a no deal.
The Port is one of the leading deep-sea ports in the UK and can accommodate some of the largest ships in the world.
To alleviate the congestion caused by an increase in pre-Christmas volume and the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been supporting shipping lines and feeder operators by allocation berths to assist in the evacuation of empty containers to a variety of north European ports for European consumption.
This has ensured containers are used for loaded export shipments and reduces the number of empty containers shipped back to Asia.
Richard Newton, Commercial Director for Logistics at Port of Tyne, said, “We’re fully open, there’s no congestion, goods are moving freely in and out of the port and we are doing everything we can to help ports in the south east of the UK.
“Port of Tyne has extra capacity to further increase our cargo handling volumes and we’re here to keep Britain moving.
“We are here to help everyone in the supply chain including shipping lines, freight forwarders, end users and hauliers, and we want to demonstrate that there has never been a better time to re-configure supply chains and shipping routes into the UK.
“We’ll handle your containers so that the environmental, cost and efficiency benefits from shipping goods closer to the point of consumption are realised.
“We have excellent road and rail transport links, many years of experience in the container and roll on roll off market and we’re here to help keep Britain moving.”