A North East port has seen import and export tonnage reach record highs, after a programme of investment to boost its handling capabilities.
Port of Sunderland has seen a 20% increase in the volume of cargo handled in the last year, with the volume of cargo handled between 2014/15 reaching 710,000 tonnes, an increase from the 590,000 tonnes it managed in 2013/14.
Matthew Hunt, director at Port of Sunderland, said: “The port is ideally placed to handle cargo projects, being less than five minutes from open sea, and with the capabilities, equipment and space to deal with such assignments.
“We have made great strides in establishing ourselves as the first port of call for clients – and have proven that we are flexible, customer-focused and that we have the capabilities to deliver on a range of projects.
“It’s great to see this translating into increased business and more and more cargo passing through our docks.”
The port is set for a further boost when the Wear River gets a third crossing, with work starting on the new bridge later this year.
The crossing will provide a link from the port to the A1 and A19, ensuring that freight can be easily transported in and out of the port.