London Gateway super-port opening brings world's biggest ships closer to consumers

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The London Gateway ‘super-port’ in Thurrock, Essex opened for business this week, welcoming its first shipping containers on Thursday.

The £1.5bn deep-sea port - which is Europe’s largest logistics park with 9.25 million sq ft of warehouse capacity, will house more than two million containers at maximum capacity - is the closest deep-sea port to London, Birmingham and Manchester.

London Gateway is expected to become a major hub for the food and drink industry and a major route to the UK grocery market for suppliers in the Far East, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Latin America. The first ships to dock on Thursday included consignments from wine supplier JF Hillebrand and Chingford Fruit.

“London Gateway is designed and built to bring the biggest ships in the world closer to the consumer markets,” said London Gateway commercial director Peter Ward.

In June, Marks & Spencer announced a £200m investment in a 900,000 sq ft warehouse on site, which is set to open in 2015. London Gateway confirmed it was in discussion with other major retailers about similar plans.

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