Fresh produce and perishables
At the Ports of Grimsby, Hull, Fleetwood, and Troon, the historical connections with the fishing industry still continue today and as a result, facilities can be found at these ports that not only specialise in the storage, packing, and distribution of fish products, but can be made available for a wider-range of products. Also, the use of these facilities is not tied to cargo being directly shipped through the ports; these facilities - for example, at Grimsby - are being used for handling the import of containerised fish products from around the world, building on the skills and expertise that has been developed in these traditional industries.
At the Ports of Hull and Cardiff two cold stores are in operation. At Hull there is a close connection between the Cold Store and the very substantial volume of roro freight trailer trade on the Hull to Rotterdam and Zeebrugge routes and, as a result, large volumes of meat products are stored and subsequently distributed. At Cardiff, expertise has been developed in, for instance, handling frozen fruit juices for companies involved in the distribution of these products throughout Wales and beyond.
At Southampton, a dedicated fresh produce facility has been developed for the handling of tomatoes imported from the Canary Islands.
For the handling of fresh produce, ABP has developed close working relationships with the local port health authorities to try to ensure the best possible service for these sensitive and high-value products.