Thanks to a £470,000 award from the Government’s multi-million pound Port Infrastructure Fund, work is due to begin shortly to build a new inland border control facility at the site to speed up the seamless movement of goods into and out of the country following the end of the Brexit transition period.
The investment will fund the construction of a new warehouse, where Border Control staff will be able to conduct inspections and where containers can be loaded and unloaded for onward travel.
It will also include a new secure storage area to hold any confiscated/seized goods, additional site security and office and welfare facilities for HMRC staff.
CEO Andrea Rossi said: “Barking is already a key staging post between the UK and Europe and plays an important role in the import and export of materials, consumer goods and produce for use both home and abroad.
“Every week train-loads of refrigerated containers from Spain pass through the terminal en-route to supermarket shelves up and down the country.
“This latest investment will ensure Barking continues to play a significant role in the seamless transportation of goods to and from Europe,” he added.