Hellmann Worldwide has launched a hub at Basildon to provide a direct feed service to areas in Eastern Europe.
The aim is to eliminate the need to operate through other Hellmann hubs in Europe and improve transport times.
The new hub will serve the main industrial areas of St. Petersburg and Moscow, whilst also feeding directly into regions as distant as Siberia.
Matthew Marriot, commercial director at Hellmann UK, said: “The new hub represents our commitment to the future of our UK operation and the future of worldwide logistics. We recognise that the eastern regions we can now service have an ever increasing demand for logistics provision, reflecting the growth of regional economic markets and industries.”