With the turbulent changes in freight tonnage passing through ports over the last 18 months, will the increased demand for temporary port storage continue into 2022?
The Department for Transport reported a 38% increase in containers, with HGV trailers increasing to 4.5 million units in 2021. Inward units to the UK rose as high as 42%, while outward units went up by 33%. This news is a positive step forward, yet the British Ports Association is keen to stress that this is not a return to normal levels yet, only a positive comparison to the early onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
With Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent changes in consumer behaviour, there have been significant changes in supply and demand. Import/export tariffs, the availability of stock due to a reduced workforce and a change to the type of products purchased, has resulted in fluctuating volumes of shipments. Adding the haulier shortage to the equation, has exacerbated the uncertainty of ever-changing volume levels passing through UK Ports.
Port managers have therefore had to find a flexible storage solution for the fluctuating cargo volumes. This is where temporary buildings come into the mix. The benefits of using temporary buildings at UK ports is found in the durability of the materials used in construction. By combining the benefits of a temporary building with a product that will withstand hard-wearing weather conditions, port operators can expand and reduce their storage requirements, in line with the volume of shipments.
Not only are the materials fit for purpose, a temporary building is a turnkey solution for customers. They can be installed in under a week; used short or long-term; range in size and specification; offer a choice of ancillary products, such as electrics, generators, heaters, and lighting; have a choice of wall and roof cladding, depending on the products stored; and be linked to existing buildings.
Speak to our team on 01782 478792 to find out how our buildings can help you.