With fast flowing roads, excellent rail connections, three international airports on the doorstep and one of the UK’s largest ports, Tees Valley is easy to get to and around, making it the ideal location for logistics businesses.
The area is home to a first class logistics infrastructure and there are currently over 5000 people directly employed (up to 20,000 indirectly employed) across 250 logistics companies, contributing £307 million of Gross Valued Added to the area’s economy each year.
The Tees Valley has many advantages for logistics companies looking to locate here. The area is home to a first class logistics infrastructure. By tapping in to our unique deep sea and short sea capabilities a whole range of new options will be open up. Teesport, operated by PD Ports, is the fourth largest port in the UK and each year in handles around 400,000 TEU of container traffic
Recent port statistics released by the Department for Transport showed that Teesport handled a total tonnage of a 40m in 2014, which represents a 12% increase from 2013. This compares to Grimsby and Immingham which showed a reduction of 6% of total tonnage handled. The outward tonnage handled by Teesport was up by 15% on last year, showing a growing market and confidence in the area by some of the major logistics operators.
Supermarket giants Asda and Tesco are already taking advantage of what’s on offer here as both operate from distribution centres on the Teesport estate. Tesco’s 1.2m sq ft warehouse is one of the largest distribution centres in Europe, and Teesport was the only port that could meet their requirements for a distribution centre of this size.
Companies using portcentric logistics bring direct benefits to their supply chain by eliminating road miles from southern ports to distribution centres based in the north, not to mention the environmental impact by reduced road travel.
- Over 5000 people employed directly in the sector, and 20,000 employed indirectly
- Over 250 logistics companies are already here
- Home to the 4th largest port in the UK, which handles around 400,000 TEU of container traffic each year
- The sector contributes £307 million of Gross Value Added to the area’s economy each year