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LOADING BAYS & DOORS FEATURE Avoid port handling charges with yardramp T


he use of mobile yardramps for unloading goods off shipping


containers can remove the need for expensive handling charges in ports, according to Thorworld Industries. The manufacturer calculates that the payback on investing in a yardramp (whether purchased or rented) can be achieved within a year, depending on the frequency of deliveries from overseas. In today’s global market many


companies source supplies, components or products from overseas yet not every firm has the capability to unload a shipping container. “Without a dedicated loading bay many


SMES opt to have goods transferred from a rigid container to a curtain-sided trailer for unloading,” explains managing director John Meale.


COSTLY RELOADING As a result ports offer a reloading service where goods are taken off the inbound container and transferred to a suitable trailer more appropriate for final delivery. However, there is a substantial cost every time this occurs with prices around £450 per delivery. “How many oversea deliveries will a


company take in a year?” continues Meale. “Even if it is only once per month the cost is £5,400. A hugely inefficient and time-consuming process, it risks damage to goods and stalling a trailer that could be on the road straight away.”


PORTABLE SOLUTION The use of a mobile yardramp can make this process superfluous by acting as an effective and versatile alternative to the dedicated loading bay. This portable solution can be quickly and safely positioned at the back of a


The use of mobile yardramps for unloading goods off shipping containers can remove the need for expensive port handling charges


container truck to provide ramped access for forklifts, enabling a single operator to load/unload without needing to transfer goods to a curtain-sided trailer. “We have learned from customer feedback that even businesses which handle only one or two loads per month typically find that a yardramp delivers a swift return on investment,” comments Meale. “For companies bringing in goods via a port the value of a yardramp is particularly pronounced.”


FAST PAYBACK With prices starting from £5,100, Thorworld calculates that payback can be achieved in 12 deliveries thanks to the avoidance of port handling charges. Better still, with the option to rent a yardramp for as little as £35 per week, any company paying port handling costs at least once every 12 weeks can make a saving. For more complex requirements,


Thorworld can devise bespoke solutions that integrate a yardramp with a platform or dock leveller.


Thorworld Industries


T: 01246 260981 www.thorworld.co.uk


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