Tuesday, February 16, 2010

PD Logistics Win Tsingtao Beer Import Contract

Validation for Portcentric Concept
Shipping News Feature

UK – Halewood International, one of the UK’s biggest drink distributors, has appointed PD Logistics to manage all imports of that firm favourite of the Chinese restaurant connoisseur, Tsingtao beer. PD Logistics shall handle the imports at its bonded facility in the port of Felixstowe, which has been doubled in size to accommodate the new contract.

Tsingtao lager, made in Qingdao, China, is the number one consumer product exported from China and the tenth-largest beer brand worldwide.

Speaking of the decision to appoint PD Logistics James Wright, Sales Controller at Halewood International, said that: “We needed a partner who was able to offer a large, bonded warehouse facility as close to the port as possible, which would enable us to maximise the efficiency of our supply chain.

“We were aware of the excellent reputation of PD Logistics bonded facility and the comprehensive shipping connections enjoyed by the Port of Felixstowe. The decision was easy to make and we look forward to what we hope will be a long and fruitful relationship with PD Logistics.”

The contract is seen by the PD Ports Group, of which PD Logistics is a part, as validation for their ‘portcentric’ doctrine which sees logistic hubs located close to import areas.

Jerry Hopkinson, PD Ports Managing Director for bulk, ports and logistics, stated that: “The agreement with Halewood International marks an important milestone for the PD Logistics warehouse operations at Felixstowe, reinforcing its position as an important wet bond facility and major import centre for bonded beers, wines and spirits.

“Using PD Logistics warehousing facility within the dock site also highlights the growing recognition that the UK's major distributors, manufacturers and retailers give to the portcentric logistics solution offered by PD Logistics and the wider PD Ports Group.

“In today’s economic climate, many companies are looking to drive down costs and the handling and storage of products at a port-based logistics centre is increasingly recognised as a cost effective and viable supply chain solution.”