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Partners target Brexit Britain

[ August 8, 2019   //   ]

Turkish-owned Ekol Logistics and Belgian-based North Africa and Middle East groupage specialist Transuniverse Forwarding have signed a letter of intent to build a joint 40-hectare multimodal and ro ro terminal at Kluizendok in Ghent, that will target the UK market.

It will include a 10-hectare cross-dock platform, a 20ha rail terminal and a 10ha ro-ro terminal.

Transuniverse’s existing cross-dock centre in Ghent has seen strong growth recently and business has outgrown the 8,000sq site. It expects to double the current 100 trucks and containers a day currently handled in Ghent.

The new 20,000sq cross-dock will include 140 loading docks and will be fully automated when it goes into operation at the end of 2021.

The ro-ro terminal building at the head of Kluizendok will be built by a third party, with whom negotiations are already underway

With Brexit expected to cause major congestion in the Channel ports.there will be more demand for sea transport to more northerly UK ports in conjunction with rail connections to and from the European hinterland, the partners believe. Ekol plans to operate 20 trains a day to and from points in the European mainland.