Cargo Owners Sign up to Haulage Miles Campaign

21st July 2016

Logistics BusinessCargo Owners Sign up to Haulage Miles Campaign

Peel Ports says it has secured 100 advocates for its Cargo200 initiative and is urging other cargo owners in the North West to add their weight to the campaign. Among the latest names to provide their support are leading TV and internet retailer QVC and Ultimate Products, which sources and distributes branded consumer goods from 27 countries to more than 450 high-street retailers in the UK.

The Real Good Food Company, a diversified food business operating in manufacturing, wholesale, retail, export and foodservice has also signed up. The company recently opened a new global headquarters for its food technology and innovation functions in Liverpool, which will also act as its regional hub for the north of England.

The initiative was launched last year, with Peel Ports calling for importers and exporters whose goods begin or end their journey in the north of the UK to switch current delivery of ocean freight from south-east ports to the centrally located Port of Liverpool. The initiative aims to cut freight mileage by 200 million miles over the next five years. In addition to achieving significant carbon reduction, the company also estimates that the move could save up to £400 per container in transportation costs by delivering to the heartland of the UK.

Diageo, JCB, B&M, Jaguar Land Rover, Matalan, Bentley and Typhoo were among the first 50 customers to respond to the Cargo200 initiative, encouraging the UK freight and logistics industry to deliver a fundamental shift in supply chain and services routes. Now more than a further 50 have added their voice.