Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Thames Side Port Wins Major Bulk Freight Import Supply Chain Contract

Five Year Extension of Service Agreement with Animal Feed Shipper
Shipping News Feature

UK – The Port of Tilbury has started the New Year in good style as from January 1 a new agreement with Cefetra, one of the leading supply chain managers in the UK, to handle animal feed imports through the Thames side port for the East Anglian area, came into effect. The new deal will see the freight terminal at Tilbury handling thousands of tonnes of animal feed each year. The port will also provide a dedicated 60,000 metric tonne storage facility on the quayside which will ensure the product is well protected and easily accessible for onward road transportation to customers.

Cefetra, which trades over 3 million tonnes in the UK and Ireland, is a major customer of Forth Ports, owners of the Port of Tilbury, making regular use of the other strategically placed ports in the group including Leith and Rosyth on the east coast of Scotland. Commenting on the announcement, Perry Glading, Chief Operating Officer of Forth Ports said:

“We are delighted to continue our successful relationship with Cefetra through this brand new five year agreement. Tilbury is the perfect location for the key agricultural market in the east of England and Cefetra will benefit from the expertise in this cargo handling, our warehouse capabilities and onward logistical connections from the port.”

The customer also appeared more than happy to continue an arrangement which seems to suit both sides with Andrew Mackay, Managing Director of Cefetra Ltd saying:

“We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with Forth Ports extending the good relationship we already have with them in Scotland. We feel that Tilbury is an excellent location for us to supply our customers in the South and East of England. The high quality logistical facilities and the commitment from the Port of Tilbury will help us to provide a professional and efficient service to our customer base in the region for the foreseeable future.”