Manufacturers, drinks producers and retailers are among 50 shippers to back Peel Ports’ Cargo200 initiative, which aims to achieve a 200 million mile reduction in UK freight mileage over the next five years by switching delivery of ocean freight from the South East to the Port of Liverpool.
Launched in May, Cargo200 saw Peel Ports call on importers and exporters whose goods begin or end their journey in the North to change their logistics arrangements. The company estimates that switching to the Port of Liverpool could save shippers up to £400 per container in transportation costs and reduce carbon emissions.
Diageo, JCB, B&M, Jaguar, Land Rover, Matalan and Typhoo are among the first 50 customers to back Cargo200.
Peel Ports’ group commercial director Patrick Walters said: “With 50 per cent of demand for all UK cargo coming from the northern half of the UK, including Scotland and Ireland – the Port of Liverpool is strategically important as the most centrally located port in the UK.
“Efficiency and sustainability lie at the heart of the Cargo200 initiative and with the opening of Liverpool2, cargo owners and logistics operators can benefit from a viable, cost-effective alternative to southern ports.
“Industry recognition and support for the initiative are invaluable to our long-term objectives of reducing costs, carbon emissions and congestion resulting from inland transportation. We look forward to welcoming further customers from the shipping and UK logistics sector onboard. “Our next step will be to work with current and new backers on sharing data and carrying out further modelling to reinforce the arguments for shipping via Liverpool.”