11/26/14 12:11 PM

'Making use of water freight: A guide for shippers' has been launched today by the Freight Transport Association today during the FTA Freight by Water event held in Wakefield that explored water freight opportunities in the north of England.

The document provides a basic introduction to making use of water freight and is aimed at shippers of goods who might be considering water freight as a part of their supply chain solution.  It covers the evaluation of how to consider potential opportunities, and the factors to be considered, as well as giving background on how the UK water freight industry operates.

Chris MacRae, who manages FTA Freight by Wate,r said:

"FTA is delighted to be able to launch the 'Making use of water freight – A guide for shippers' document today.  One of our aims is to help our members optimise the use of their supply chains, and this includes helping them make informed decisions about modal shift.  Using non-road modes of freight transport makes business sense as well as bringing with it environmental benefits."

More freight is transported by water than by any other mode; around 500 million tonnes per year.  The majority, around 80 per cent, comprises imports and exports with overseas markets, but 15 per cent is domestic cargo travelling around the coast.

Key points in the 'Making use of Water' document include:

Why water freight?  How can it benefit your company?Is water freight an option for you?Case studies – users of water freightExploring water freight optionsHow the water freight industry works

FTA's Freight by Water group helps inform FTA water freight policy associated with coastal, short sea and inland waters, and has been closely involved in the production of the 'Making use of water freight' document.


Notes for editors

To request a copy of the FTA document – 'Making use of water freight: A guide for shippers, or to find out more about FTA Freight by Water please contact FTA press office:  press.office@fta.co.uk  or call:  01892 5522255 / 07818 450425