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Value of non-EU goods handled at East Midlands Airport at all time high

The value of goods shipped to and from non-EU countries through East Midlands Airport (EMA) hit a record high in July 2018. £975m worth of products were transported to 196 different territories and countries across the world. This is an increase of £148m compared with July 2017.

In the 12 months to July, the total value of non-EU goods handled at EMA exceeded £10bn* for the first time ever. Of this, £5.3bn was exports.

Through EMA, and its connections to air cargo hubs in Europe and the USA, UK businesses export all over the world. Latin America, Asia, North America and the Middle East are some of the biggest regions for exports.

The airport is home to some of the world’s biggest names in logistics, including:

  • DHL
  • UPS
  • TNT/FedEx
  • Icelandair Cargo
  • Royal Mail

East Midlands Airport is the UK’s busiest for dedicated air cargo traffic. It is second only to Heathrow in terms of the total tonnage of cargo that passes through it annually. Its role in facilitating global trade makes it a key national asset. As a driver of regional growth too, it has been key to the rapid expansion of the SEGRO East Midlands Gateway (EMG) Logistics Park next door.

When the logistics park is fully operational, the East Midlands Gateway will be one of the UK’s most strategically important sites for rail, road and air freight. The site’s growth is being driven by EMA’s significance as the UK’s busiest airport for dedicated freight aircraft. Eight thousand people are currently employed across the East Midlands Gateway, which includes the airport campus (EMA and Pegasus Business Park), Donington Park and Marks and Spencer. In the next few years this figure is likely to double with the creation of the SEGRO Logistics Park.

East Midlands Airport sits at the very heart of the country, with over 90% of the population of England and Wales within a 4-hour drive. This is why it is home to logistics giants such as DHL, UPS, Royal Mail and FedEx/TNT and is a perfect neighbour for the EMG Logistics Park.

EMA has partnered with Birmingham Airport and Midlands Connect to showcase the Midlands region during the party conference season. This comes after a recent flurry of visits to the East Midlands from Cabinet Ministers, MPs and business leaders which has helped put EMA and the neighbouring Gateway firmly in the sights of Government and key decision makers.

Karen Smart, EMA’s Managing Director, said: “It’s great to be able to showcase all that the East Midlands Gateway has to offer to government and regional leaders. It feels as though people are waking up to the fact that this region can play a significant part in stimulating the UK economy and will be a key destination to attract inward investment.

“The airport and neighbouring developments are transforming the local economy and soon thousands of new jobs will be created across the wider gateway for people who live nearby, and I was proud to be able to announce at conference today that this last 12 months has seen record import and exports coming through the airport, exceeding £10bn on non-EU cargo alone.”

Midlands Connect’s Maria Machancoses said: “We are proud to work closely with East Midlands Airport and neighbouring businesses on the East Midlands Gateway during this period of expansion as thousands of new jobs are brought to the region in the coming years.

“Businesses are attracted to the East Midlands Gateway because of its unbeatable rail, road and air connections.  At the same time, we’re making the case to government to accelerate the opening of the HS2 East Midlands Hub station at Toton and improve the A46 – one of the country’s most important trade routes – to make sure East Midlands Airport and the Gateway has the infrastructure in place to realise its ambitious potential.”