DB Schenker Rail UK has secured a contract with International Procurement and Logistics (IPL) to transport containers carrying produce on its weekly services from London Gateway to Wakefield Europort. The UK’s leading rail freight operator will be providing two services a week for IPL as part of the contract.
The first service delivered sixteen containers of bananas that had arrived from Costa Rica into London Gateway, the UK’s newest container port.
IPL is the direct sourcing arm of Asda Walmart. Previously, the containers would have been moved to IPL’s distribution centre at Ackton by road. The introduction of DB Schenker’s rail freight service means that up to 25 round trips via road will be removed each week, also leading to a reduction in CO2 emissions.
Alfred van Wyk, Logistics Development Manager for DBSR UK, said:
“The new contract shows that IPL has faith in our abilities to deliver in full and on time and they are delighted with the service that we have provided so far.”
Wayne Olivier, Deep Sea and Inland Logistics Manager (UK) at IPL, added:
“We are very pleased with the service and look forward to continuing this contract and our partnership with DBSR UK.”
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