The nine-hectare site of the old freezing works owned by Icepak will be transformed into an intermodal logistics and manufacturing hub.
The first stage of the $20 million development will consist in building a cross dock to complement the existing cold store on site, as well as a container yard and container wash facility to prepare containers to export ready standard.
The site is connected to the main trunk line and the joint venture partners are in discussion with KiwiRail to finalise services.
“This places the port gate on the doorstep of the region’s importers and exporters,” notes Tony Gibson, CEO of Ports of Auckland, in a press release published today. “Currently imports come south from Auckland but not much goes back. This new facility will allow exporters to access this spare capacity, lowering freight costs all round.”
Garth Cowie, CEO of Napier Port, says the new facility is “a natural extension of Napier Port’s central New Zealand coverage.”
Wayne Grattan, chairman of Icepak, considers Palmerston North is the “ideal location” for an intermodal freight hub. Besides, “development of the hub enables the clean-up and reuse of a brownfield industrial site.”