Peel Ports has welcomed a visit to Liverpool by the Department for International Trade as underlining the trade growth potential provided by the port for the UK's post-Brexit economy.
A team from the department, led by Director General John Alty, carried out a fact-finding trip on 15 September, including a tour of the Liverpool2 deep-water container terminal.
He also heard from the Peel Ports team that there are significant trade opportunities between the US, and the rest of Americas, particularly in agricultural produce. Liverpool is an existing gateway for food and drink imports, which are used extensively in retail, processing and manufacturing sectors, while there are also major opportunities in UK food and drink exports to the US.
Peel Ports' Commercial Director Stephen Carr said: "There is huge potential to use our facilities to increase trade with the Americas and consequently strengthen our domestic food and drink sector, which already has a concentration in the Liverpool hinterland. The fact is that our location provides a more efficient route to market for west-facing trade when compared with ports in the south-east of the UK. We're grateful to John Alty and his colleagues for coming to hear about this first hand and look forward to working with them in future on improving the UK's international trade via Liverpool."
Liverpool is the only major container port in the north or west of the UK, offering access for cargo shipped via deep-sea vessels. Its facilities provide capacity for growth, with onward road, rail, ship canal and short-sea shipping connections to markets across the UK and Ireland. Peel Ports also has an established relationship with the specialist transatlantic shipping lines and many of its UK export customers.