Goods shipped through air­port at a record high

£975m worth of goods to and from non EU coun­tries in July

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - DAVID GODSALL david.godsall@reach­

THE value of goods shipped to and from non-EU coun­tries through East Midlands Air­port hit a record high in July this year.

Around £975m worth of prod­ucts were trans­ported to 196 dif­fer­ent ter­ri­to­ries and coun­tries across the world. This is an in­crease of £148m com­pared with July 2017.

In the 12 months to July, the to­tal value of non-EU goods han­dled at EMA ex­ceeded £10bn* for the first time ever. Of this, £5.3bn was ex­ports.

Through EMA, and its con­nec­tions to air cargo hubs in Europe and the USA, UK busi­nesses ex­port all over the world. Latin Amer­ica, Asia, North Amer­ica and the Mid­dle East are some of the big­gest re­gions for ex­ports.

The air­port is home to some of the world’s big­gest names in lo­gis­tics, in­clud­ing DHL, UPS, TNT/FedEx, Ice­landair Cargo and Royal Mail.

East Midlands Air­port is the UK’s busiest for ded­i­cated air cargo traf­fic. It is sec­ond only to Heathrow in terms of the to­tal ton­nage of cargo that passes through it an­nu­ally. Its role in fa­cil­i­tat­ing global trade makes it a key na­tional as­set. As a driver of re­gional growth too, it has been key to the rapid ex­pan­sion of the SEGRO East Midlands Gate­way (EMG) Lo­gis­tics Park next door.

When the lo­gis­tics park is fully op­er­a­tional, the East Midlands Gate­way will be one of the UK’s most strate­gi­cally im­por­tant sites for rail, road and air freight. The site’s growth is be­ing driven by EMA’s sig­nif­i­cance as the UK’s busiest air­port for ded­i­cated freight air­craft.

Eight thou­sand peo­ple are cur­rently em­ployed across the East Midlands Gate­way, which in­cludes the air­port cam­pus (EMA and Pe­ga­sus Busi­ness Park), Don­ing­ton Park and Marks and Spencer. In the next few years this fig­ure is likely to dou­ble with the cre­ation of the SEGRO Lo­gis­tics Park.

EMA has part­nered with Birm­ing­ham Air­port and Midlands Con­nect to show­case the Midlands re­gion dur­ing the party con­fer­ence sea­son. This comes af­ter a recent flurry of vis­its to the East Midlands from Cabi­net Min­is­ters, MPs and busi­ness lead­ers which has helped put EMA and the neigh­bour­ing Gate­way firmly in the sights of Gov­ern­ment and key de­ci­sion mak­ers.

Karen Smart, EMA’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, said: “It’s great to be able to show­case all that the East Midlands Gate­way has to of­fer to gov­ern­ment and re­gional lead­ers. It feels as though peo­ple are wak­ing up to the fact that this re­gion can play a sig­nif­i­cant part in stim­u­lat­ing the UK econ­omy and will be a key des­ti­na­tion to at­tract in­ward in­vest­ment.

“The air­port and neigh­bour­ing de­vel­op­ments are trans­form­ing the lo­cal econ­omy and soon thou­sands of new jobs

will be cre­ated across the wider gate­way for peo­ple who live nearby, and I was proud to be able to an­nounce at con­fer­ence to­day that this last 12 months has seen record im­port and ex­ports com­ing through the air­port, ex­ceed­ing £10bn on non-EU cargo alone.”

Midlands Con­nect’s Maria Machan­coses said: “We are proud to work closely with East Midlands Air­port and neigh­bour­ing busi­nesses on the East Midlands Gate­way dur­ing this pe­riod of ex­pan­sion as thou­sands of new jobs are brought to the re­gion in the com­ing years.

“Busi­nesses are at­tracted to the East Midlands Gate­way be­cause of its un­beat­able rail, road and air con­nec­tions. At the same time, we’re mak­ing the case to gov­ern­ment to ac­cel­er­ate the open­ing of the HS2 East Midlands Hub sta­tion at To­ton and im­prove the A46 – one of the coun­try’s most im­por­tant trade routes – to make sure East Midlands Air­port and the Gate­way has the in­fra­struc­ture in place to re­alise its am­bi­tious po­ten­tial.”

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