By choosing Liverpool as the port by which to import or export your goods you are choosing the most densely populated area of the country outside London, with 35 million people closer to Liverpool than the southern ports. Currently 90% of deep-sea container cargo that ends up north of Birmingham originates from the southern ports of Felixstowe, Southampton and London Gateway.

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Shipping through the Port of Liverpool could save you money and reduce carbon emissions by spending less time on the road, and more importantly will allow same-day delivery and decreased cut-off times. Rising e-commerce and customer expectations in regard to time mean that Liverpool can be a truly viable solution to this, with its extensive investment in new infrastructure. This investment is marked by the government’s pledge of £800m to the North West for important infrastructure projects, among them improving access to the Port of Liverpool.

The City Region is already the location of choice for the headquarters and distribution centres of large retailers, among them Shop Direct, Matalan, TJ Morris, QVC and B&M Retail.

With the opportunity to become one of the main import/export centres in the UK, Superport opens up numerous possibilities for improving supply chain, increasing multi-channel sales and same day delivery, all within reach of the largest population density outside of London.

35mSuperport’s hinterland extends far beyond Liverpool, and connects directly to Manchester by way of the Manchester Ship Canal. The Ship Canal, wholly owned and operated by Peel Ports as an integrated extension of the Port of Liverpool, delivers goods directly into the heart of Manchester.

Port Salford, being developed by the Peel Group as the UK’s first multimodal inland port facility, has the potential to further increase the competitiveness of retailers that choose to operate out of the City Region. Using this ‘green corridor’ offers businesses a cheap, carbon-friendly and congestion-free alternative to the motorway network.

“Liverpool’s proximity to the Travis Perkins operations in Warrington represents a fantastic opportunity for us to deliver greater supply chain efficiency to the North of England.

“By moving more freight by water on feeder services into Liverpool Port, Travis Perkins Group PLC are able to significantly reduce the transit distances and therefore the associated risk to on time delivery and the CO2 footprint of its shipping containers.”

Steve Smith, Director at Travis Perkins

Some of the leading retailers based in the region include: