Associated British Ports (ABP) has seen timber volumes double this year at the Port of King’s Lynn, as the demand in the U.K. has increased for timber for use in construction, manufacturing, and DIY, such as home offices, decking, home and garden improvements.
Associated British Ports (‘ABP’) has seen timber volumes double this year at the Port of King’s Lynn, as the demand in the U.K. has increased for timber for use in construction, manufacturing, and DIY, such as home offices, decking, home and garden improvements. Typically imported from Sweden, Finland, and Latvia, over 88,800 tonnes of timber have been handled by ABP’s Port of King’s Lynn, which is more than twice the quantity that was handled in the first half of 2020
The port handles a diverse mix of imports and exports, including forest products, minerals, aggregates, fertilizers, scrap metal, and various types of grain. Grain is both imported and exported, depending on the quality of both the UK and European harvests, but the trend in rising timber volumes is estimated to continue with demand.
ABP is investing circa £1.25 million in new undercover storage provisions for forest products, a Dutch Barn storage facility, which will be finished later this year. Over the last few years, ABP has regularly made large investments in the infrastructure of the port, completing the installation of new lock gates this year, and investing over £3 million in a new crane and other equipment in 2017. ABP has also recently invested in surfacing improvements for timber, demolished redundant and time-expired warehousing, and replaced a number of pieces of handling equipment, as well as introducing new access control arrangements.