Southampton Port set for record export year
14 July 2017
Southampton Port is set for a record export year with 950,000 vehicles to pass through its docks, a six per cent increase on 2016.
Vehicles including Mini and Jaguar cars, along with JCBs and John Deere tractors, are among the shipments to pass through the port.
Southampton is the UK's biggest export port, handling £40 billion worth of exports every year. Last year it also played host to two million cruise passengers and more than 20 million tonnes of oil products.
Gareth Lewis, communications manager at Associated British Ports, said the port is due to benefit this year from a £50 million investment to improve its export capacity.
He added: "Construction on the first two of four planned new vehicle handling facilities is completing.
"The investment, announced in September last year, is evidence of ABP's confidence in the future of the UK automotive manufacturing industry and will create a further 15,000 spaces at the port, principally for export vehicles."