Ports and Logistics

Greater Lincolnshire is a large geographical area with a population of over one million people. The Ports and Logistics sector employs around 18,000 workers, with a direct economic value to the Lincolnshire economy of £700 million per year.

The combined shipping ports of Grimsby and Immingham forms the second largest port in the United Kingdom, by tonnage, handling 54.7 tonnes of cargo every year. Grimsby and Immingham ports are based within a 45km radius, which in March 2021 was awarded “Freeport Status” which are a special economic zone to make it easier and cheaper to do business. They include infrastructure planning, customs and favorable duties and taxes. This status will lead to over 7,000 new jobs being created within the Freeport economic zone.

Just 200 miles from the global logistics hub of Rotterdam, North East Lincolnshire is a popular choice for short sea shipping solutions. There are also two smaller ports based within Boston and Sutton Bridge that provide easy access onto the A1 route as well as the East Coast main line rail link.

Humberside Airport which is located in North East Lincolnshire offers an air fright solution, however freight transport by road is the largest logistics activity which accounts for almost 8,000 jobs within the Region.

GAIN program support for the Ports and Logistics sector is varied, support has been provided within business planning, workforce planning, digital marketing, improving efficiencies, accessing international markets, as well as BREXIT advice.

Businesses that have already benefited from the support that the GAIN programme supplies have been hauliers, freight forwarders, taxi businesses, trailer part suppliers and couriers.

Container ship and tug boat at sea


A small to medium sized business in logistics, ports or renewables, or a support service for this sector.

  • Based in Greater Lincolnshire
  • Under 250 employees
  • Balance sheet under 43 million Euros