Paper and Forest Products


A number of our ports, including Tilbury, Dundee, Rosyth and Grangemouth, offer facilities for handling paper and forest products, serving major trade routes and offering specialist handling equipment and storage space.  Please see below for further information on this particular service at each port:


Tilbury is the UK's leading port for paper products and is the major entry port for the London print houses and publishers in the south-east.

  • Volumes of over 3 million tonnes per annum
  • Major customer storage and distribution facilities available
  • All major trade routes served: Europe including Scandinavia, Russia and Baltic States, North America and South America
  • Full range of products: newsprint, magazine print, reeled and baled pulp, KLB and palletised cut paper
  • Specialist handling equipment and highly skilled workforce
  • Latest paper handling technology with I.T. support including fully automated warehousing
  • All major modes of transport including: Lo Lo, Ro Ro, side-port, containerised and rail
  • Fully automated warehouse facility

Tilbury is also the UK’s main port for forest products with excellent links throughout the supply chain including Shipping Lines, Importers, Merchants and Distributors.The Port can offer:

  • A wide range of trade area served: Baltic, South America, North America, Far Eastern and Africa
  • Breakbulk and Container services
  • Over 25 acres of dedicated undercover storage: transit sheds and distribution facilities
  • A full range of commodities handled from sheet materials to specialist timber products, doors and mouldings
  • A choice of De-vanning facilities for containerised product
  • On-site Wood Treatment Plant for sheet materials and timber
  • Facilities to handle domestically produced products•Value added services available

Scottish Ports Division

The ports at Dundee, Rosyth and Grangemouth provide a wide range of facilities to handle the full spectrum of various products in whatever format presented.  The Scottish Ports Division offers a range of trade routes to and from the Baltic, North America and the Far East and has 20,000 sq metres of undercover storage transit sheds and distribution facilities.
Specialist facilities for newsprint and paper are available at Dundee and Grangemouth; de-vanning facilities for containerised product; in-port timber treatment plants at Dundee and Rosyth; and value added services are also available.  For more detail, please see below.


Grangemouth is a major hub for imports and exports of forest products. The port handles approximately 250,000 tonnes a year of bulk cargoes, paper, timber and other products. 

The Forest Products terminal offers total storage of 21,000sq.m and has EDI links with customer systems. Products are handled by a modern fleet of forklift trucks fitted with various clamp types for paper and pulp. These cargoes can be handled conventionally by crane and through side port or Ro-Ro. 


The Port of Dundee has been a forest product specialist for over 35 years, handling newsprint, pulp and timber products. The port consistently maintains low damage rates for forest products when customers benchmark the port with other UK and European ports. These low rates can be attributed to the quality of the handling equipment combined with the skill pool which exists within the port operators. 

The west end of the port now hosts a significant timber terminal. Operations within the area have been extended to include a full timber treatment and storage facility.  Forest products business has still considerable capacity to grow at the port and opportunities exist for companies wishing to develop a base in the region.


The Port of Rosyth regularly handles forest products and dedicated facilities to customer requirements can be put in place.   The port is home to an in-port timber treatment plant and storage facilities.  Recent investment has included new dedicated warehousing and bulk stores, forklifts, clamps and a range of other equipment. 

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