Port of Tilbury, London’s major port and the UK’s largest terminal for the import and export of grain, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its grain terminal.

Built at a cost of £53.5 million in today’s money, the grain terminal has processed over 35 million tonnes of product since opening in 1969. It currently handles two million tonnes of grain, wheat, barley and beans every year to help meet the UK’s import and export requirements.

Earlier this year, Port of Tilbury completed a major storage expansion at the grain terminal as part of its growth strategy. The new flat store increases the capacity by an additional 16,000 tonnes of both import and export wheat.

This year marks a special anniversary for Port of Tilbury’s grain terminal, which plays a huge role in supplying businesses from around the world with the grain needed to support their brands.”

Peter Ward
Commercial Director
The Port of Tilbury

Vital supplier to major global brands

The Tilbury Grain terminal is the key strategic facility in the South East of the UK for the grain import and export markets, handling grain from around the world. The grain terminal has over 200 silos ranging in size from 60mt to over 2000mt, supporting the flour and ingredients market for the South East, London and up to the Midlands.

A vital supplier to major global brands, grain is handled at the terminal daily through its import and export capability and is a key supporter of the agriculture industry in the South East of England as well as the flour milling and bakery industries.

The terminal regularly handles cargos from in and out of the UK and to countries across the world from the USA and Canada to France, Thailand and Australia. The terminal also operates a monthly coastal shipping service from Tilbury to its sister port in Kirkcaldy, Scotland for Carr’s Milling.

As of September 2019, P&O Ferries announced a new daily ferry service across the English Channel connecting French city Calais to the Port of Tilbury. The trade route will boost trade and will handle time-sensitive supermarket goods including fresh fruit and vegetables.

In half a century the grain terminal has processed over 35 million tonnes of grain, wheat, barley and beans while also assisting in the production of flour in its two associated mills to provide supermarkets with some of their most popular products.

Peter Ward
Commercial Director
The Port of Tilbury

Grain terminal at Port of Tilbury

With two grain towers on site, the terminal can discharge and load vessels simultaneously and with a five-star food hygiene rating the facility has the trust of major companies. The grain terminal is fully automated and linked to the two associated flour mills located within the port.

Grain brought into the terminal can be made into flour to be used for everyday goods stocked in supermarkets including pasta, baked goods and malt – used to make beer and the soya found in baby food.

Since Thames Grain was added to the terminal in 1983 it has allowed UK grown grain to be sampled, tested and tipped prior to export. This process is used to support the grain terminal’s major export of UK wheat, barley and human consumption beans to destinations across the world.

Port of Tilbury continues to invest in this vital asset to ensure it continues as the largest terminal for the import and export of grain in the country for the next 50 years.

Peter Ward
Commercial Director
The Port of Tilbury

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About the Port of Tilbury

The Port of Tilbury is situated in the south of Essex.  It is the largest deep water port on the River Thames and is London’s major port, providing fast, modern distribution services for the benefit of the South East of England.

Tilbury’s strategic position on the Thames provides a major geographical advantage for transport in and out of London and the South‐East, making its location a natural point for distribution. Serving the UK’s market for forest products, general cargo, vehicles, grain and other bulks, the port offers customers excellent transport links to and from the capital and across the South East.

The Port of Tilbury’s facilities include:

  • 34 operational Berths
  • Over 16 independent working terminals
  • Over 500,000 square metres of warehouse space
  • Over 7 km of road within port estate with excellent transport access
  • Conventional freight
  • General cargo and ferry services
  • Specialist cargo handling for all types of grain and animal feed with high speed tipping facilities, blending and storage
Aerial of Port of Tilbury

For more information about the Port of Tilbury, see here: Port of Tilbury

[Source: Forth Ports]