Port of Tilbury

The Port of Tilbury is London's major port, providing fast, modern distribution services

Port of TilburyThe Port of Tilbury is London's major port, providing fast, modern distribution services for the benefit of the South East of England and beyond. The Port of Tilbury is a dynamic and diverse port, handling 16 million tonnes over a full range of cargoes. With specialist expertise in the handling of paper / forest products, containers,  RoRo, grain / bulk commodities, waste commodities and construction / building materials.

Tilbury's strategic location makes it a natural point for distribution, with 18 million people living within 75 miles. Serving the UK's market, the port offers customers excellent transport links to and from the UK’s capital and across the South East where over 50% of the population live and work.

  • London Container Terminal the UK’s third largest container port
  • UK’s largest waste/recycling export location
  • Largest Grain Terminal in the UK
  • UK’s leading port for paper and forest products

The Port’s site

The Port estate covers around 1,100 acres, situated on the north bank of the River Thames. As a diverse multi-modal hub, in close proximate to the national road and rail network, positioned just 6 miles from the M25 orbital motorway and the rest of the UK's national motorway network. In addition, there are direct rail connections within the port, with access to the whole of the UK rail network and dedicated barge facilities to barge direct into the city of London.

The port offers…

  • Port centric logistics services
  • Diverse cargo handling services
  • Reefer container handling & expertise
  • 500,000sqm  of warehousing within the port including a major new chilled warehouse under NFT management
  • Consolidation centres to support
  • London Container Terminal (LCT) which offers a total of 1,720m of quay with a depth of 13.7m (river berth), and 10.4m (in dock facilities) for smaller vessels
  • London Distribution Park (LDP), a 70 acre purpose built warehouse and haulage park
  • London Cruise Terminal which welcomes around 100,000 cruise passengers each year


Port of TilburyThe proposed new port terminal, known as Tilbury2, will be built on a 152 acre site which was part of the former Tilbury Power Station. Tilbury2 is an extension to the operations at the existing Port of Tilbury, support the import and export of commodities across a number of sections. The main components of the Port will be a new RoRo facility a construction materials and aggregate terminal (CMAT) for handling and processing bulk commodities.

With a large river jetty on the Thames, Tilbury2 will be able to accommodate larger ships and support growth of the Port and providing local, regional and national economic growth. “As one of the largest ports in the South East we have an ambitious plan in place to continue to grow and to bring economic benefit and jobs to the area. Our customers are looking for expansion opportunities in Tilbury and Tilbury 2 is a part of the port’s overall investment strategy.”


Peter Ward, Commercial Director, Port of Tilbury

Businesses on the site

Businesses on the site that benefit from having strategically-located hub facilities. Leading companies include:

  • Amazon UK, the UK’s largest warehouse at London Distribution Park (LDP) in Tilbury
  • Cemex, the biggest Mexican investor in the UK, has a 1.2 million tonne plant at Tilbury, the only cement plant in the south east of England
  • Hyundai has used the port as its main car import centre since 1997 with over 100,000 cars handled at the port.
  • Travis Perkins, one of the largest suppliers to the UK’s building and construction industry
  • Allied Mills one of the UK’s leaders in the bakery sector supporting household bread brands such as Kingsmill and Sunblest from their Tilbury flour mill.
  • ADM Mills one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers with a flour miller onsite UK
  • Tilbury Green Power a new purpose built renewable power plant fuelled by waste wood with a 40MW capacity

Accessible location

Port of TilburyPort of Tilbury is ideally located on the River Thames and has the greatest potential of any port for onward movement of cargo via the river Thames into London. Fast road and rail links make the Port of Tilbury one of the UK’s most significant distribution centres. Location advantages include:

  • 10 minutes from M25 motorway.
  • Location in the Thames Gateway, the UK’s largest redevelopment zone.
  • Convenient access by road to Birmingham (2 hours 30 minutes) and Manchester (4 hours).
  • Three rail freight terminals on site.
  • Under 1 hour from the City of London22 nautical miles from Tower Bridge.
  • 50 minutes by road from London Stansted Airport with direct access to 200 cargo destinations worldwide.
  • 1 hour by road from London Gatwick and London Heathrow airports.
  • 35 minutes by road from London Southend Airport.

Gaining international recognition

The Port actively promotes skills training and in 2014 opened the East of England Training Academy. The Port is also recognised as Britain’s Greenest Port and has been nominated for a number of awards for the outstanding environmental initiatives which have been delivered over the past few years. The Port has also constructed four wind turbines, which are now fully operational and provide 60% of the Ports’ electricity.

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Robert Edge
Robert Edge

Inward Investment Manager (UK Multimodal Gateway:Essex)

+44 (0) 7740 179497


Following a ten year career with a major Colchester freight forwarder shipping everything from confectionery to oxygen plants, Robert has spent almost 15 years in inward investment promotion. Having had experience in China, India and the Middle East, Robert leads on the logistics and renewables sector.