First wave of cars welcomed to new Grimsby Automotive Terminal
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 1 Apr 2019
The first wave of imported vehicles have been officially welcomed to Port of Grimsby’s expanded car terminal.
ABP has taken on much of the former Huntsman Tioxide site, having purchased it in 2016.
Until a decade ago it hosted a chemical plant producing four million tonnes of titanium dioxide, now it houses 2,000 Volkswagen Group cars, as they await transit to dealerships across the UK.
Now known as Grimsby Automotive Terminal, ABP will continue to develop the land and intends to create a further 10,000 spaces for vehicles being stored for the UK market.
SHIP TO SHORE: Grimsby River Terminal, where the North Sea-crossing vessels discharge.
Grimsby currently handles 50 per cent of all Volkswagen’s imports into the country. The additional storage facility - off Moody Lane with near-immediate access to the A180 - shows dedication to providing the sector with new and improved infrastructure and the room to expand, according to the team.
Jack Harrison, group vehicle logistics manager for Volkswagen Group Ltd said: “We are pleased ABP has supported our requirements at such a vital time for the business. ABP has demonstrated excellent collaboration with our port handler as well as providing a constant dialogue to VWG.”
An average of half a million cars a year are handled by Grimsby, with Brexit tariff and frictionless trade concerns seeing a spike in imports ahead of potential custom regime changes.
ABP Humber’s regional director, Simon Bird, said: “We are proud to play an important role, not just supporting our customers’ businesses today, but also offering the agility and capability to adapt our offering to match their needs as they change and grow.
“By continuing to invest in leading sectors across the commodity markets, ABP is maintaining its position as the UK’s leading port operator and by committing to our customers’ future successes, we are securing our own.”