Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Thames Side Logistics Park Expands as Deep Water Container Port Wins Economic Status

London Gateway Continues to Improve Service Levels and Invest in Growth
Shipping News Feature
UK – As construction on Phase Two of DP World London Gateway’s Logistics Park gets underway, the Thames side deep-sea container port has just achieved full Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status, the internationally recognised quality mark issued by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, and recommended by the British International Freight Association (BIFA) earlier this year. DP World says the acquisition of AEO status indicates that the Port’s role in the international supply chain is secure and that customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant.

The AEO initiative was introduced by the European Commission through the Union Customs Code to simplify the customs process, and in achieving the status, London Gateway hopes that it will lead to a reduction in delays to cargo passing through the terminal, as customs procedures will be simplified whilst the highest levels of security are upheld. The designation follows a three-day audit of the site which scrutinised the Port’s security, IT and fiscal systems, and its storage, processing and employment procedures. Chris Lewis, CEO, DP World London Gateway, said:

“DP World London Gateway Port is continuously looking at ways it can better serve its customers. Achieving Authorised Economic Operator status does this. It grants peace of mind to UK Customs and our customers, while enabling us to deliver a simplified, more efficient service. Ports have a vital role to play in ensuring that the international supply chain is secure and that customs procedures are simple but robust and consistent. This designation is evidence that DP World London Gateway Port takes that role very seriously.”

Meanwhile, work to create 180,000 square feet of new, cross-dock distribution warehousing and office space at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park has begun. This second and final phase of the Logistics Centre, which lies conveniently in the hinterland of the wharves, will be available for occupation from May 2017, and comprises of 155,000 square feet of warehouse accommodation, plus 10,000 square feet of conjoined office space, and a separate 15,000 square feet of office space.

Together with the Phase One development, which comprised of 207,000 square feet of warehouse and office space, completed in early 2015, the two separate developments will total 387,000 square feet at the centre. This development provides a rare opportunity for fast occupation of a high-spec cross-dock distribution warehouse facility, in a prime South East of England location, adjacent to the rapidly expanding, state-of-the-art, deep-sea port. Logistics Park Development Director Oliver Treneman, said:

“We’re delighted to announce the commencement of work on further warehousing space at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park, which will form an extension to the existing DP World London Gateway Logistics Centre. This is a unique opportunity for a company to locate part of its operations at one of the UK’s most integrated logistics hubs. DP World London Gateway Port is witnessing exponential growth, with a number of new deep-sea shipping services to new markets, so now is a great time to capitalise on available space at the Logistics Park and engage with us to create even more value in the supply chain.”

Certainly recent developments at London Gateway are constantly improving the way the port is looked upon by importers and exporters. DP World’s prompt actions in simplifying the new SOLAS procedures earlier this year gained favour from shippers. Furthermore, in a recent survey we found that only the lack of shipping line services from various overseas territories held the port back in the eyes of shippers and freight forwarding agents. Whilst Felixstowe won approval in terms of overall satisfaction, this was mostly as a result of the sheer volume of trade currently handled by the Suffolk port. Most South East based companies preferred to see goods travel via London Gateway as, although both ports offered excellent service levels, it was felt London Gateway had the edge by being closer to key markets.