The Port of Tyne based at South Shields in North East England has negotiated a new commercial agreement with one of the UK’s leading importers of plywood.
In an initial three-year deal with Gloucestershire, UK-based International Plywood, the Port of Tyne will provide cargo handling, office accommodation, covered storage and onward UK-wide road distribution for timber products imported through the port.
Ian Attwood, managing director of International Plywood, said: “We are a family owned company and in this extremely competitive market, we pride ourselves on always striving to achieve value for money for our customers.
“The Port of Tyne offers exceptional value and customer service with an excellent location providing unrivalled connectivity via road networks.”
Multi-geared break-bulk vessels will import plywood and other timber products to the Port of Tyne from the Baltics and as far afield as South East Asia and South America.
Nolan Gray, Port of Tyne’s business development director, said: “The Port of Tyne is unique in its ability to not only manage break-bulk of non-containerised cargo but to also handle containerised products, storage and distribution providing optimal customer service.
“The port’s ability to handle larger vessels presents not only greater economies of scale for International Plywood as larger volumes can be handled per shipment but it also creates a positive environmental benefit.”