Teesside Airport approved for perishable handling

Teeside International Airport

Teesside International Airport in the UK has been approved as a Border Control Point (BCP) meaning it can handle perishable produce such as flowers, fruit and vegetables.

The airport said that the approval comes just in time for Valentine’s Day and that it is now in talks with several “world-leading importers and airlines”.

The development comes after the airport opened a £2.5m freight facility last year, which offers a 21,000 sq ft hangar with security screening technology, handling, freight forwarding, customs clearage and storage.

Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen said: “As one of the few Border Control Points in the country, we are now in a unique place to become a freight centre for businesses across the North.

“We’ve secured this vital designation in quick time – and this will allow the airport to access fruit, veg and flower markets across the North of England and beyond.

“The equipment and inspection cabins are in place for us to cope with demand – so we’re ready. This pass will also allowing lifeline local businesses another way of getting hold of produce.”

The designation comes after Walter Jones was recently appointed head of cargo at the airport – bringing with him 25 years of experience.

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]