The Logistics Terminal

The Logistics Terminal Expands Port Centric Offering

The Logistics Terminal Expands Port Centric Offering

In a move that could see its warehouse capacity increase 10-­fold, The Logistics Terminal (TLT) is set to perform a phased takeover of one of Tilbury Docks’ largest multimodal distribution warehouses. Situated on a 10 acre plot adjacent to the Port of Tilbury, Dock Gate 2, the move represents the first of many port centric logistics terminals TLT intends setting up at major ports across the UK.

TLT partner Richard Newbold explains the reasons behind the move:

“For years, owners have incurred the financial and environmental costs of pointlessly hauling containers, weighing some forty four tonnes, hundreds of miles across the UK only for them to be returned to the port empty.

“Quite simply, the port centric logistics solution offered by TLT enables cargo owners to gain control of both supply-­chain costs and the timely delivery of their goods.

“Carbon emissions are significantly reduced by TLT quickly offloading the container at the Port.

“The empty container is immediately returned to the Exporting Berth, allowing shipping lines to achieve a faster turnaround.

“Additionally, TLT offers a complete logistics solution for onward delivery of de-vanned products.

“This includes palletised loads or parcels through partnerships with leading palletised distribution network, Pall-­Ex and 2,500 haulage companies around the UK.”

This month will see the start of a phased move from TLT’s current 40,000 sq ft premises, where the company handles in excess of 80 containers a week.

Provided the new warehouse reaches capacity within the next 12 months, in excess of 800 containers a month could pass through.

TLT recognises that making the supply chain more efficient adds value, whilst reducing costs and maximising sustainability.

Currently, the company has its own fleet of shunt vehicles and thousands of load-sharing partners around the UK.

It is also the only port centric logistics terminal linked to leading online haulage exchange websites, www.returnloads.net , www.euroloads.net and www.courierlink.net .

Richard Newbold, who also runs renowned 23-­year old logistics business, Triple A Transport Services Ltd, which is also based at Tilbury, adds:

“We set up The Logistics Terminal in January 2011, and have seen the growth and demand for port centric operations become so great that we knew we had to take the opportunity to expand our offering.

“Potentially operating a full ERTS in the future from this facility will enable us to offer customs clearance and de-­van of uncleared containers at our new premises.

“We currently offer a container de-­van, storage and delivery service in addition to a fully functional pick and pack high tech warehouse operation.

“This effectively enables TLT to take care of a client’s entire supply chain operation throughout the UK and beyond.”

Mike Brown, Managing Partner of TLT, who has over 30 years’ experience in the timber and plywood industry, said:

“In terms of our ability to offer a state-­of-­the-­art worldwide import and export logistics planning service, the site couldn’t be more suitable.

“Its position allows access to 30% of the UK’s consumers within a 2 hour drive.

“Plus, with access to the adjacent rail head, it is a truly multimodal facility, enabling us to effectively service all of our clients’ logistical requirements.”