A ‘big drive’ for Peel Ports in Liverpool, Clydeport, Great Yarmouth, and the Manchester Ship Canal – a ‘green highway’ – is to reduce the carbon footprint left by the supply chain when moving dry bulk products, food, biomass, aggregates and chemicals. This has led them to invest in sea, rail, road and inland water transportation, linking the ports to the heart of the UK.
As Peel Ports points out, 75% of containers brought into the country arriving in the south-east. Yet the demand for this cargo is spread across the land, around 60% being closer to Liverpool than traditional south-east ports. Peel Ports Commercial Director, Stephen Carr adds:
“We have, therefore, launched a Cargo200 campaign to help UK companies take 200 million miles off our road and rail infrastructure by the end of 2020.Our estimates show that UK plc could save up at least £200m per year by moving away from south-east ports to Liverpool”, improving efficiencies for the entire supply chain.
In December 2017, Liverpool Business Daily updated the progress of Peel Ports’ Cargo200 campaign which has called for importers and exporters whose goods begin or end their journey in the north of the UK to switch current delivery of ocean freight from south-east ports to the centrally-located Port of Liverpool.
The initiative aims to cut freight mileage by 200 million miles by 2020. Diageo, JCB, B&M, Jaguar Land Rover, Matalan, Bentley and Typhoo were among the first 50 customers to respond, encouraging the UK freight and logistics industry to deliver a fundamental shift in supply chain and services routes. Now more than a further 50 have added their voice. See videos with speakers from Jenkins shipping, Warburtons (below) and Regatta Imports above.
Another member, Lorna Billinge, QVC’s Global Vice President of Supply Chain and Quality Assurance QVC, a multichannel retailer which has its Knowsley distribution centre nine miles from the Port of Liverpool, said:
“Our business lives on rapid response to customer demand and shipping through Liverpool provides us with greater predictability and resilience in our supply chain, by avoiding the uncertainty and delays associated with longer road or rail journeys. Reducing land freight mileage also allows us to minimise our carbon footprint. With our operations centre strategically positioned in the North West, increasing our trade via Liverpool is a key part of our strategy to meet increases and changes in customer demand.”
However, Peel Ports adds, there is more work to be done to secure the range of direct shipping services that will allow UK importers and exporters to reduce costs, congestion and carbon emissions. Such gains are essential for the whole economy, creating the productivity and competitiveness gains that we need to thrive, especially in an uncertain post-Brexit world.