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Cefetra signs agreement with Forth Ports to aid expansion in Scotland

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Yesterday, leading agricultural importer for the UK and Ireland Cefetra Ltd (Cefetra) announced that it had signed a long-term contract with Forth Ports Ltd (Forth Ports) to use its Port of Rosyth in Dunfermline (Scotland).

According to Cefetra, the port’s location and logistical links to the motorway network, make it ideally suited to supply all areas of Scotland and Northern England.

The Port of Rosyth also has the advantage of being close to continental Europe, and has advantages in short sea freight. Under the agreement, Forth Ports will develop the Port of Rosyth to provide Cefetra with an unparalleled, purpose-built facility. This will become the main agri-hub in Scotland, handling an extensive range of agricultural products.

As part of this agreement, the Port of Rosyth will be deepened to provide a true deepwater port capable of taking vessels carrying up to 50 000 t of cargo. The existing storage facilities will also be enhanced with the addition of a new, extensive, purpose built agricultural products terminal, increasing the storage capacity to approximately 100 000 t.

Managing Director at Cefetra, Andrew Mackay, said: “We are pleased to have been able to reach this agreement with Forth Ports and believe that the new Rosyth Agri-hub will enable us to continue to serve our valued customers. We expect to increase the efficiency of our supply chains, taking advantage of scale and location, to bring additional benefits to our customers and to Scottish agriculture. Our expectation is to develop an annual throughput in excess of 500 000 t of agricultural products, worth more than £100 million.”

CEO of Forth Ports, Charles Hammond, commented: “It’s great to have reached an agreement with Cefetra that will see us execute on another significant investment programme for a customer; reflecting our strategy of working with our customers to deliver supply chain solutions. The development at the Port of Rosyth reflects the port’s unrivalled logistics links as well as its excellent marine capability. We very much look forward to working with Cefetra, a longstanding Group customer to deliver this significant development, building on our overall activity within Scotland’s agricultural sector”.

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