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Sunday opening for Southampton

[ August 15, 2014   //   ]

DP World Southampton is to open all day on Sundays from 24 August to give cargo owners an extra day to collect cargo in the run-up to Christmas.

The container port will open its gates from 07.00 on Sundays (instead of 19.00) in preparation for the August bank holiday – which signals the start of the run up to the Christmas delivery ‘peak – to help businesses play catch up during a four-day week and supply chain operators start to gear up for the Christmas delivery peak.

It also wants to encourage customers to pick up cargo seven days to give them more options and better availability with the inland distribution.

Head of operations, Steve McCrindle, said: “Traditionally there has not been the demand for weekend opening, but with the August bank holiday and the peak session upon us we will see an increase in volume and by extending our opening hours we can reduce the pressure on everyone in the supply chain. Often the container terminal feels the pressure of the bank holiday for a few weeks afterwards but it doesn’t have to be this way.  We are a 24 hour operation.  We service the ships 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so there is no reason why we can’t service our landside customers too.”

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