Ports & Logistics
The Humber has a prime location giving easy access to the capital, Europe and beyond. The Humber Ports offer an unrivalled mix of facilities and capabilities, and together handle more than 77milion tonnes of cargo annually (worth approximately £75bn), supporting over 33,000 jobs in the region and contributing £2.5bn to the UK economy.
Our location and connectivity has led to us building a unique body of port-related logistics, engineering and manufacturing expertise and infrastructure, particularly in the food, energy and chemical industries. The Humber is a critical transport and logistics hub, with more than 60 sailings a week to mainland Europe.
The Humbers offer as a key port and logistics hub for the UK continues to grow as the region takes its place in the Northern Powerhouse. Through its access points on the Humber Estuary, the area provides unrivalled access into and out of the Midlands/Northern UK markets. It is the gateway for access from Asia to the USA and beyond, through the northern industrial corridor. The Humber is located in the UK’s mid-point, 200 miles from London and Edinburgh, as well as being in close proximity to mainland Europe, which means it is unbeaten in terms of travel time, distance and ultimately cost.
- The cost of land across the Humber is 30% more competitive than similar UK regions and cities, with reduced operational costs for manufacturing and distribution too.
- The Humber’s passenger port if the 4th largest in the UK, handling 1million passengers a year.
- The Humber port complex handles 77million tonnes of cargo annually and supports 33,000 jobs.
- Humber logistics companies ship directly to more than 50 countries, with 100+ shipping lines operating regularly.
- The Humber is the UK’s Energy Estuary – the energy cargoes handled at the Humber ports keep 1/10 of the UK’s lights switched on.
- The Humber ports are located right by the end of the M62 corridor (with close proximity to freight distribution centres such as Tesco, Hermes, Argos and Next), making it the logical choice for container traffic coming to the UK. The M62 spans a total of 107 miles, connecting Liverpool with the Humber ports via Manchester and Leeds.