ABP deal will see 30,0000 tonnes of paper shipped through Humber
ABP Hull container terminal
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 19 Feb 2019
A new contract at the Port of Hull will see more than 30,000 tonnes of paper pass through the city’s docks every year.
Associated British Ports (ABP) has signed the deal with Belgium-based manufacturer VPK Packaging Group.
The agreement will see the major port operator handle paper reels shipped from Ghent, as they arrive into the Hull Container Terminal on Queen Elizabeth Dock.
The Belgian company has also said it expects its volumes of paper to increase in the coming years.
Simon Bird, ABP Humber director, said: “Another win for ABP Humber is great to see as we welcome VPK to the Port of Hull.
“It’s testament to our prime location, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, backed by recent substantial investment and our strongly qualified, highly experienced teams who tirelessly deliver these successful operations.”
A total of 35,000 tonnes of paper will travel through the Port of Hull every year under the new agreement.
VPK has moved its shipments to the Humber area to enhance ease of distribution by road and strengthen its customer relations.
The Belgian-based business said it expected to see its volumes grow significantly in the coming years, and was confident ABP had the facilities and experience to meet the demand.
Kevin De Winter, sales manager at VPK, said: “We have relocated to the Port of Hull to guarantee the best possible service and ensure raw material supply to our customers in the packaging industry, as well as our own Rigid plants to produce corrugated packaging in Selby, Desborough and Wellington.”
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The new deal comes on the back of another contract win for ABP in Hull.
It was announced last week that a new link with the Caribbean would see thousands of tonnes of cargo shipped every year.
International shipping service Europe Caribbean Line (ECL) visited ABP’s Hull port for the first time this month, with over 300 tonnes of heavy vehicles and industrial components exported to Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad.
Earlier this year, ABP also announced a major 10-year port deal with Thor Shipping on the back of a £6m investment in Hull.
The port operator pledged millions of pounds into the terminal used by the shipping company, which will also see a new £3.5m crane arrive at the docks in March.