Import Services Ltd. to operate common user facility at London Gateway Logistics Park

Associations, Logistics, Ports & Terminals — By on October 2, 2014 at 7:05 PM
  • Building work progressing on time & on schedule for opening Q2 2015

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    Mike Thomas, Client Services Director, Import Services Ltd. with Peter Ward, Head of Supply Chain, DP World London Gateway at the development site of the Common User Facility

2nd October 2014 – London Gateway, London: A unique partnership between DP World London Gateway and Import Services Ltd. will ensure that all shippers – large or small – benefit from low-cost supply chain opportunities at London Gateway’s new Common User Facility.

Following a rigorous selection process, DP World has appointed Import Services to act on its behalf as operator and manager at the Common User Facility (CUF) now being built at London Gateway Logistics Park.

The steelwork for the first phase of the 386, 000 sq ft multipurpose cargo handling centre is nearly complete and the development is on target to open in Q2 2015.

Peter Ward, DP World London Gateway’s Head of Supply Chain, said, “We are delighted to be working with Import Services. The company has demonstrated a common vision and real understanding of our mission as the UK’s new deep-water national hub port and logistics park. We found the team to be tuned into our strategy and, combined with their expertise in the field of port-centric logistics, they put forward a very compelling plan.”

Southampton based Import Services will initially take on a significant portion of the new development and provide a menu of logistics services and activities on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ basis. Services will range from basic devanning to cross-docking, storage and value-added activities such as pick-and-pack, labelling, pre-retail and distribution.

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Visualisation of the Common User Facility when complete

“This model has been developed based on market demand that we have identified through extensive research, ” said Peter Ward. “We identified demand directly from cargo owners for these services”.

Peter continued, “While household retail names have the option to develop their own dedicated buildings on the nine million square foot logistics park, we intend to make sure that the port-centric and market-centric benefits of using London Gateway are accessible to all, irrespective of size, including cargo owners, freight forwarders and 3PLs. However, even the larger operators have recognised the benefits of using the Common User Facility because it enables them to further optimise their supply chain by back-loading into their existing networks.”

London Gateway Logistics Park, located on the doorstep of Europe’s largest consumer market enables exporters and importers to reduce costs, carbon emissions and increase efficiency and reliability. As demand for logistics and distribution facilities closer to market increases, coupled with a greater need for flexibility and agility in supply chain networks, the shared-user model on offer at London Gateway will provide a ‘best-fit’ solution.

DP World London Gateway and Import Services have been working together to develop the fit-out of the CUF building and establish the day-to-day processes such as internal shunting of containers from the port’s quayside to the logistics park.

In a video interview announcing the development, Mike Thomas, Client Services Director, Import Services, said, “This is an exciting new venture for Import Services and we are delighted to be working in partnership with DP World London Gateway. Operating the Common User Facility will enable Import Services to launch a twin port strategy, replicating our port-centric logistics model in Southampton to facilitate growth for both our existing and new clients at DP World London Gateway.”

Import Services specialises in FMCG retail logistics, providing flexible ‘Pay As You Go’ services that are particularly attractive to SME suppliers to multi-channel retailing. Mike Thomas explained, “Customs Freight Simplified Procedure operations give our clients cash flow advantages with Duty and VAT deferred until their products are sold and despatched to market.”

Market and port-centric logistics are a key part of the future of retail distribution, where products are allocated to orders or sold in transit en-route to the port. Import Services’ facilities are located adjacent to container terminals, ready to process orders, pre-retail and distribute direct to consumers in the most efficient way across the UK and continental Europe.

Mike continued, “Our tried and tested distribution networks, including consolidated loads for retail backhauls, will be extended to our new site at London Gateway Logistics Park, unlocking the combined supply chain benefits of both port-centric and market-centric operations.

“For some time we have been evaluating principal UK container port options to expand operations from our established base at Southampton. London Gateway, combined with the Common User Facility, is now set to enable optimum port-centric and market-centric supply chain services in the UK. This new container port is quite simply unique and will pave the future of logistics, which is why Import Services is now also located at DP World London Gateway, ” said Mike.

Simon Moore, CEO DP World London Gateway, said, “This is a big step forward for the development of London Gateway Logistics Park. We have now got all the pieces coming together with new roads infrastructure in the logistics park, competitive rail services in the port, and road haulage operators also on site with plans to grow. We look forward to Import Services, who have a proven track record in the UK, providing excellent services to our customers.”

About DP World London Gateway

Opened Q4 2013, DP World London Gateway is the UK’s first 21st Century major deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park. Owned and operated by DP World and situated on the north bank of the River Thames, London Gateway provides unrivalled deep-sea shipping access to the largest consumer markets in the UK. The port’s location, with its superior operational systems and service, ensure ships load and unload as fast as possible, making London Gateway a world class asset for the UK.

DP World has a portfolio of more than 65 marine terminals across six continents, including new developments underway in India, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Container handling is the company’s core business and generates more than three quarters of its revenue. In 2013, DP World handled 55 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units). With its committed pipeline of developments and expansions, capacity is expected to rise to more than 100 million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand.

About Import Services
For further information contact Alyson Marlow at Lee Peck Media on 023 8038 1932 alyson@leepeckmedia.com

Import Services is the leading port centric logistics company in the UK linking intelligent networks of supply chain services, with global real time information, to meet the new world of retailing.

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