Import Services to operate London Gateway’s common user site

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Imported Services has been appointed by DP World London Gateway as operator and manager of a common user facility under construction at London Gateway Logistics Park.

Development of the site, including a 386,000 sq ft warehouse, is underway and on track to open in the second quarter of 2015.

Southampton-based Import Services will provide logistics services and activities, including devanning, cross-docking, storage, and various value added services, on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Peter Ward, DP World London Gateway’s head of supply chain, said: “While household retail names have the option to develop their own dedicated buildings on the nine million square foot logistics park, we intend to make sure that the port-centric and market-centric benefits of using London Gateway are accessible to all, irrespective of size, including cargo owners, freight forwarders and 3PLs.”

DP World London Gateway and Import Services have been working together to develop the fit-out of the common user facility and to establish day-to-day processes such as internal shunting of containers from the port’s quayside to the logistics park.

Mike Thomas, client services director, Import Services, said: “Operating the Common User Facility will enable Import Services to launch a twin port strategy, replicating our port-centric logistics model in Southampton to facilitate growth for both our existing and new clients at DP World London Gateway.”

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