DP World has appointed Import Services as operator and manager at the common user facility now being built at London Gateway Logistics Park.
The steelwork for the first phase of the 386,000 sq ft multipurpose cargo handling centre is nearly complete and the development is on target to open in Q2 2015.
Import Services will initially take on a significant portion of the new development and provide a menu of logistics services and activities on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ basis.
Services will span basic devanning to cross-docking, storage and value-added activities such as pick-and-pack, labelling, pre-retail and distribution.
“We are delighted to be working with Import Services," said Peter Ward, DP World London Gateway’s head of supply chain.
"The company has demonstrated a common vision and real understanding of our mission as the UK’s new deep-water national hub port and logistics park. We found the team to be tuned into our strategy and, combined with their expertise in the field of port-centric logistics, they put forward a very compelling plan.
“This model has been developed based on market demand that we have identified through extensive research. We identified demand directly from cargo owners for these services.
“While household retail names have the option to develop their own dedicated buildings on the nine million square foot logistics park, we intend to make sure that the port-centric and market-centric benefits of using London Gateway are accessible to all, irrespective of size, including cargo owners, freight forwarders and 3PLs. However, even the larger operators have recognised the benefits of using the Common User Facility because it enables them to further optimise their supply chain by back-loading into their existing networks.”
Mike Thomas, client services director at Import Services, added: “This is an exciting new venture for Import Services and we are delighted to be working in partnership with DP World London Gateway.
"Operating the Common User Facility will enable Import Services to launch a twin port strategy, replicating our port-centric logistics model in Southampton to facilitate growth for both our existing and new clients at DP World London Gateway.”