25 April 2014, London: JBS, the world’s largest supplier of beef and chicken, is to switch all its UK imports from South America to DP World London Gateway, taking advantage of the new deep-sea shipping services coming into the port from Friday, 2 May.
“We believe DP World London Gateway offers more efficiency and reliability for our supply chains and we want to take advantage of this,” said David Squires, JBS Global UK Commercial Director. “With better transport links and port infrastructure, we want to see improved lead times from arrival of the vessel to delivery to customer.
“We are constantly improving services and DP World London Gateway is going to continue to drive improvements in UK supply chains, so it’s a natural choice for us to make.”
JBS Global UK Ltd, part of the JBS Group, ships meat from South America, Australia and the United States to destinations throughout Europe. JBS supplies fresh, frozen and processed food to the UK, including fresh and frozen beef, canned meat such as corned beef, and fresh and frozen chicken, pork and lamb.
Until now it has used two ports of entry to the UK, in the north and south, but now it will concentrate all imports through DP World London Gateway. The change has been made possible by the arrival of new services, which will link DP World London Gateway with South American ports such as Santos (Brazil), Montevideo (Uruguay) and Buenos Aires (Argentina).
DP World London Gateway Port Commercial Manager Tabare Dominguez said: “JBS is the largest producer in the world for this type of cargo. It’s great to see them choosing DP World London Gateway for all their South American imports into the UK and we will be working with them to ensure they reap the maximum benefits from using the UK’s newest deep-water port and logistics hub.”
About London Gateway
Opened Q4 2013, DP World London Gateway is the UK’s first 21st Century major deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park. Owned and operated by DP World and situated on the north bank of the River Thames, London Gateway provides unrivalled deep-sea shipping access to the largest consumer markets in the UK. The port's location, with its superior operational systems and service, ensure ships load and unload as fast as possible, making London Gateway a world class asset for the UK.
About DP World
DP World has a portfolio of more than 65 marine terminals across six continents(1), including new developments underway in India, Africa, Europe, South America and the Middle East.
Container handling is the company’s core business and generates more than three quarters of its revenue. In 2013, DP World handled 55 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units). With its committed pipeline of developments and expansions, capacity is expected to rise to more than 100 million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand.
DP World has a dedicated, experienced and professional team of 28,000 people serving its customers around the world, and the company constantly invests in terminal infrastructure, facilities and people to provide quality services today and tomorrow, when and where customers need them.