China first for Port of Tyne
10 January 2022
MARKING A first for the Port of Tyne, the first ever container shipment of goods coming directly from China into the UK has docked and been unloaded in South Shields.
The vessel was utilised by a number of leading retailers, to ensure a wide range of consumer goods from well-known brands would arrive in time for peak trading periods. It represents a turning point for South Shields as a potential destination for logistics providers seeking an alternative to congested southern ports.
"This is the first time we have handled containers coming direct from China and it demonstrates that the Port can have a significant impact on easing current challenges of capacity being experienced within the UK shipping and logistics sector," says Richard Newton, commercial director for logistics at the Port of Tyne.