The Humber is the UK’s busiest trading estuary with £75bn of trade passing through the four major ports of Grimsby, Immingham, Hull and Goole each year.
The Humber supports 12,500 jobs and thanks to its location, offers unrivalled access to northern UK markets. It is the gateway for access to Asia, the USA and beyond through the northern industrial corridor.
Seafood is imported from all over the world here, including Iceland, Norway, Russia, China and USA. With 40 species imported from over 20 countries.
The provision of large sites close to the motorway is also key to the development of the logistics sector in the East Riding. Several large sites along the M62/A63 corridor in the East Riding have been designated for large scale manufacturing; warehousing and logistics-based developments. These include Melton West Business Park and the Humber International Enterprise Park (HIEP)
The Port of Goole
Located on the River Ouse, Goole is the UK’s most inland port – ideally situated for access to the country’s transport infrastructure. Approximately 50 miles from the North Sea and less than two miles from the M62, Goole is only 30 minutes’ drive from the industrial areas of West and South Yorkshire.
The port has rail connections to many berths and well-used canal connections to West and South Yorkshire, and is adjacent to the burgeoning Goole Enterprise Zone and emerging Freeport area.
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The Port of Hull
On the north bank of the Humber Estuary, just 20 miles from the North Sea is the Port of Hull. Connected by dual carriageway road links to the M62 and then the M18, and M1, it is placed to service the whole of the British Isles. Hull specialises in containers, ferry travel and roro, as well as handling forest products and a range of bulk commodities. It is also home to the UK’s first fully-enclosed cargo-handling facility for weather-sensitive cargoes such as steel. Cargo can easily be distributed throughout the East Riding using road, rail and waterways, with easy access to the inland Port of Goole.
ABP Humber is currently working with Siemens on the £310m Green Port Hull development, a wind turbine blade manufacturing, assembly and servicing facility on the Alexandra Dock.
The Port of Immingham
The UK’s largest port by volume, the Port of Immingham offers an extensive range of roro and lolo freight services to Northern Europe, Scandinavia, and the Baltic. With its in-dock deep-water facilities, it offers easy access to the major trade routes – less than 24 hours from a European market of 170 million people.
The port also offers high-speed road links from the M180 through to the M18 and M1. Thus, allowing for easy UK-wide cargo distribution.
The Port of Grimsby
Although most well-known for its strong links with the fishing and food industry, Grimsby is a major car import terminal, handling more than 500,000 vehicles each year as both imports and exports. The port is also at the forefront of the development of offshore wind energy.
Located just seven miles from the open sea, on the south bank of the River Humber, it is within easy reach of the UK’s industrial heartland. The M180/A180 dual carriageway runs right to the dock entrance, providing fast links to the M18 and M1. There are also direct quayside rail connections which link the port to the national railway network.