Rock-It adds new Heathrow warehouse to smooth cargo screening

By Damian Brett

(L to R) Chris Palmer and Martin Corr, co-managing directors EMEA. Source: Rock-It Global

Event logistics firm Rock-It Global has opened a dedicated warehouse facility at Heathrow Airport as it looks to avoid screening congestion at the airport.

The 1,394 sq m facility at Heathrow Airport offers 377 cu m of caged secure storage space, as well as rack space for 300 pallet positions for long-term storage and tour merchandise.

The company has also invested in an x-ray machine for onsite screening and installed an Explosive Trace Detector (ETD) machine for cargo too dense to X-ray, avoiding the need to rely on a third-party off-site provider.

Chris Palmer, co-managing director for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Rock-It Global, said: “A combination of huge volumes of e-commerce cargo, a reduced number of scheduled flights, and staff shortages at handlers and hauliers has meant screening bottlenecks at Heathrow and in the live entertainment industry, which is so time critical, that sort of hold up just can’t happen.

“By bringing everything in-house, we can avoid delays and cancellations and by offering a secondary screening system using our ETD machine, we can keep costs down and avoid the risk of damage that can come with extra handling when moving cargo to a third-party facility.”

Rock-It Global is part of the Global Critical Logistics (GCL) company, which recently acquired Dynamic International, one of the top international logistics providers for film and television productions.  

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