Forth Ports welcomes UK Government’s Grangemouth funding announcement
The UK Government is to provide £11.7 million from its Port Infrastructure Fund in support of new and enlarged border infrastructure at Forth Ports’ key import/export hubs at Grangemouth, Tilbury and Tilbury2.
Contractors are on site and the new border inspection facilities are set to be approved and operational for 1 July 2021.
“This £11.7m funding allocation for new border facilities will complement our existing work with cargo owners, shippers and the wider freight community to ensure that our global gateways stay highly productive and congestion free”, commented Charles Hammond OBE, chief executive of Forts Ports Group.
The Port of Grangemouth is Scotland’s largest container port handling 30% of the country’s exports.
Mr Hammond added: “Harnessing our vast experience and proven performance of handling rest-of-world trade supported by I.T. backed border and booking systems, an extensive network of ferry and container connections, and excellent onward rail and road linkages to the largest domestic consumer markets, we will ensure that goods continue to flow efficiently across our borders and onward to their final destination.
“Supply chains are realigning as they seek greater resilience and a low carbon route close to market, and our ports are ideally placed to support through our investment in infrastructure, market leading turnaround times and capacity for growth.”