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Ports and Logistics

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From the Humber to the Wash, Greater Lincolnshire boasts some of the best shipping ports in the UK, with the Ports of Grimsby and Immingham combining to form the second largest port by tonnage, handling 54.7m tonnes of cargo every year.

In addition to import-export activities, the docks underpin distribution for the agri-food sector for the northern area of Greater Lincolnshire. 

With direct routes to and from Europe, North and South America, Africa, Australia, the Middle East and the Far East, companies looking for an export hub or an import solution will find it here. The Humber Enterprise Zone at the former Hull Maternity Hospital also offers businesses great incentives to bring their interests here.

Just 200 miles from the global logistics hub of Rotterdam, North East Lincolnshire is a popular choice for short-sea shipping solutions, cutting the bills and saving energy. General quayside warehousing, covered storage facilities and open-storage areas are also available.

Staying in the north, Humberside Airport offers air freight related to the local seafood industry, while to the south, two smaller ports in Boston and Sutton Bridge provide a specific focus on cargo such as timber and grain. These offer easy access to the major A1 road as well as the East Coast Main Line rail link, opening up north and south distribution opportunities.

Freight transport by road is the largest logistics activity, accounting for almost 8,000 jobs and with a geographical focus in South Holland and North East Lincolnshire. There is a clear link between logistics and agri-food production in these areas. Storage and warehousing is also a fast-growing activity concentrated in North Lincolnshire.

In total, the ports and logistics industry employs around 18,000 workers, generating £700 million per year for our local economy.  

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