Port of Ipswich welcomes Department for International Trade’s Export Hub

October 18, 2017

Caption: Department for International Trade’s Export Hub truck at the Port of Ipswich’s Cliff Quay on Tueday, 17 October

ABP’s Port of Ipswich has welcomed the Department for International Trade’s Export Hub truck, which is part of the Government’s Exporting is GREAT campaign to promote future business growth in the UK.

Providing a flexible space for discussions between businesses, the Export Hub will be travelling to number of UK regions including the Humber. The truck is equipped with a skype room, which allows ABP’s customers to connect and talk to a network of overseas advisors about doing business in different markets.

Julian Scott, Clarksons Port Services General Manager, said: “The Export Hub is a valuable tool for all our customers, providing them with knowledge and local connections to new potential markets they will need post Brexit. We are confident this will help us expand our customer base and grow our export volumes further.”

The vehicle was parked at Ipswich’s Cliff Quay, where the port’s main export operations are based. As part of the campaign, a number of events were organised throughout the day including seminars and 1-2-1 meetings with export advisors.

Alan Pain, Regional Director, Department for International Trade, said: “Exporting is a proven route to business growth and resilience and whatever your sector, the demand for UK goods and services is out there.

The UK brand is a mark of quality, innovation and excellence and the East of England certainly exemplifies those qualities. With major international gateways such as the Port of Ipswich on our doorstep the opportunities are significant for those that take that step.”

Ipswich’s status as the UK’s number one export port for agricultural products was recently confirmed by the 2016 GB Port Freight statistics released by the Department for Transport (DfT) in September, a record it has now held since 2005.

Andrew Harston, Short Sea Ports Director, said: “Hosting the DIT’s Export Hub gives us another way to deliver on our mission to keep Britain trading and support the Exporting is GREAT campaign.

“Ipswich is a particularly fitting venue for the Export Hub with its proud position as the UK’s leading export port for agricultural products. We’ve seen first-hand how exports can drive growth in our business and are keen to help other local companies’ access global markets.”