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South’s loss is Liverpool’s gain

[ January 28, 2019   //   ]

Retailer B&M has increased its cargo into Liverpool by 30% following delays in southern ports and, after completing a successful trial the company will now ship 80% of its stock via the port.
Head of supply chain Jerome Wildsmith, said: “Over the past few years, we have strengthened our relationship with the Port of Liverpool, importing increasingly larger volumes of cargo and taking advantage of strong partnerships with our shipping operator Maersk and our inland logistics supplier, JWT Commercial.
“We recently increased our imports into Liverpool from 50% to 80% of our total cargo, with a view to converting this into a permanent move.”
Peel Ports head of commercial (containers) Roger Megann added that there was “a further shift away from southern ports, with problems only expected to worsen as Brexit moves closer, congestion shows no sign of easing and delays get longer.”
The 2M shipping alliance – Maerk Line and MSC – is to make permanent the temporary Liverpool call on its transpacific TA4 service introduced after last summer’s disruption in Felixstowe, operated by 5,500teu vessels.