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25 more new jobs at Southampton docks
PLANS to expand import facilities at Southampton’s docks could create 25 new jobs.
Just days after the Daily Echo revealed a deal to transport 500,000 tonnes of Spanish fruit and vegetables through the port, plans to extend a major distribution centre have been given the green light.
Import Services, which runs a 168,00 sq m distribution warehouse in the port, will begin work to expand the facility by a further 66,000 sq m this autumn.
The distribution centre in the Western Docks, which is the only one of its kind in the port, mainly handles toys and gifts, which are shipped from China and Eastern Europe.
While many of those goods are forwarded on to high streets up and down the UK many are exported out again from the port.
The extension, which has been approved by city council planners, will increase its capacity for pallets of goods from 20,000 to between 32 and 33,000.
Import Services has estimated that the extension will provide ten full-time posts and up to 15 agency jobs.
Work is expected to begin in November with an estimated completion date set for July next year.
“It generates more business for the port and it generates more work for the city.”
Days after Southampton Fruit Handling signed the deal that will create at least 60 jobs and see up to 500,000 tonnes of Spanish fruit and vegetables imported each year, Associated British Ports director Doug Morrison has welcomed the expansion of the Import Services facility as another boost for the port and the local job market.
He said: “It has been a good week.
“What it will hopefully lead to is more business going through the port and additional facilities will lead to additional volumes which has to be good.
“For us obviously we are very keen to work with all of our tenants at the port to help them expand their businesses and this is part of that overall strategy.”
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