Stock timber image. Picture: Pixabay.

Associated British Ports (ABP) has seen timber volumes double at the Port of King’s Lynn this year in a trend looking likely to continue.

Demand for timber for  use in  construction, manufacturing and DIY projects, such as home offices, decking, home and garden improvements, has been on the increase in the UK.

Typically imported from Sweden, Finland and Latvia, more than 88,800 tonnes of timber has been handled by the Lynn port – more than twice the quantity handled in the first half of last year.

The port handles a diverse mix of imports and exports, including forest products, minerals, aggregates, fertilisers, scrap metal and various types of grain. 

ABP has invested around £1.25m in new undercover storage for forest products, a new Dutch Barn storage facility due to be finished this year. 

Port manager Kim Kennedy, said: “We are delighted to be having the busiest year we’ve had for some years. 

“Everyone has been brilliant in their attitude of coming to work and adapting to the challenges and conditions of the last 15 months, completing the safe and “Covid-secure” loading and discharging of approximately 200 ships during this period.”

Increased timber volumes are expected  to continue and, if the predictions for warmer weather are correct, then the wheat harvest in the UK should mean the port will far exceed the estimate of handling 450,000 tonnes of cargo for the year, an ABP spokesman said.