Associated British Ports (ABP) plans to invest around GBP4.5 million (USD6.2 million) to enhance recently acquired facilities at the port of Garston.

Since November 2020, ABP has been working with shipping and logistics company Armitt Group to acquire 230,000 sq ft (21,367.7 sq m) of covered storage and 9 acres (3.6 ha) of open storage.

The expansion project follows the UK government’s announcement in March 2021 of the creation of eight freeports in England, which includes the port of Garston in Liverpool.

The project will see ABP invest to enhance the facilities, providing additional bulk and breakbulk storage facilities. As part of the agreement, Armitt Group will continue to provide vessel agency services, cargo management and outbound logistics for some customers in Garston.