Under Secretary of State for Transport Stephen Hammond has sung the praises of a North East port, following a visit on Monday.
Mr Hammond got an insight into operations on the ground and took a harbour launch trip to see Teesport from the River Tees.
PD Ports, which owns and operates the port, has invested almost £17m in infrastructure improvements in the last 18 months, among them the introduction of a new terminal operating software system to improve productivity and provide greater visibility for customers.
The container terminal facilities have also been upgraded and include the arrival of new rubber-tyred gantry cranes with GPS-assisted technology.
Chief executive of PD Ports group David Robinson said: “We were delighted to welcome the Under Secretary of State for Transport to Teesport.
“During his visit he could see the vital role Teesport plays as a key economic driver in the region, as well as the benefits our customers are realising through our port-centric logistics activity.
“Teesport is well-placed to make a material difference to the way companies organise their supply chain markets and we are looking to build on our existing platform to position the North East, and in particular the Tees Valley, as a leading centre for UK logistics.”
Teesport, the UK leader in port-centric logistics, is home to large import centres for Asda, Tesco and others.
Mr Hammond said: “The ports and the maritime sector are vital to the economy, and Teesport plays into this both nationally and regionally.”