North West food and drink businesses urged to use Port of Liverpool for USA and Asia export opportunities

Food and drink producers looking to make the most of trading with the USA and Asia should utilise the Port of Liverpool to take full advantage of the sector’s export value, according to the Department for International Trade (DIT).

The message was delivered at an export-focused event held recently and hosted by Peel Ports Group in partnership with DIT and the Welsh Government.

Figures show that more than £22 billion of British food and drink products shipped around the world last year and over £1.7 billion from the North West alone.

Patrick Walters, Chief Operating Officer at Peel Ports was quoted as saying: “Liverpool has the potential to turn thousands of producers across the UK into global exporters. Connected to the heart of the UK by road, rail and canal, shipping via Liverpool provides direct access to the bulk of the UK’s population and, in turn, to a significant amount of producers looking to take the next step on their journey and export goods abroad.”

Lynne Gillen, Department for International Trade Team Leader, said: “Companies are increasingly looking for new markets and the US and Canada are of great interest. With this in mind we will be promoting various trade shows in the US, hosting CETA events to promote trade with Canada, and have plans to bring buyers over from the US and Canada in the summer months. It is important that all organisations involved in the exporting journey make life as easy as possible for companies and I believe the resource of Liverpool2 will have a great impact on the Northern economy.”