A major UKretailer has dramatically increased the use of a recently launched feeder service between Southampton and the country’s north-west container gateway of Liverpool.
Since Yang Ming launched its express feeder service in June, retailer B&M, which has 600 stores across the country selling a range of home and garden goods, said it had pushed through increased volumes as it looked to move more import cargo through Liverpool.
Jerome Wildsmith, head of supply chain at B&M, said “Over the past few years, we have strengthened our relationship with the port of Liverpool, importing increasingly larger volumes of cargo and developing a strong relationship with Yang Ming.
“We recently increased our imports into Liverpool from 50% to 80% of our total, with a view to converting this into a permanent move,” he added, and called for carriers to introducea direct deepsea Asia call to the port.
“As we continue to grow the business, we are keen to secure a direct Far East service into Liverpool, so we can offer our customers a more efficient service as well as reduce our carbon footprint, thanks to the fantastic connectivity provided by [Liverpool owner] Peel Port’s multimodal services.”
Peel Ports said the increased B&M volumes were part of a growing body of evidence that some UK shippers would be better served by importing their cargo through gateways not located in the south of the country. . . . . . .
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