SCA Timber Supply is to increase its timber storage capacity on Humberside by moving its import operations to the Port of Hull‘s King George Dock.

The move from Grove Wharf to the new facility, which is 50% bigger, will allow SCA to accept larger vessels and gives room for future expansion.

SCA’s terminal stock will be housed at Shed 5 on King George Dock, owned by MMS Shipping. It will offer about 25,000m2 of space, the majority of which is fully enclosed.

The company said the shed, previously occupied by a fine paper producer, will provide storage for its northern Swedish redwood and whitewood, plus value-added timber products.

SCA’s direct sales will also pass through the 5,000m2 of external storage on its way to customers.

Sales director Stephen King said: “With our strategic aims including customer partnering and market development, our volumes to the UK have more than doubled in the last five years.

“The strong growth in the market for Forest Stewardship Council-certified timber and wood products is further adding to our expansion.”

He said the facility will enable SCA to offer a weekly vessel service from Sweden. The company will continue its service to Shoreham and other ports to suit the needs of specific customers.

The move will start in July and is expected to be complete by the end of September.