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Manchester exporters had a great year last year, with 103,437 tonnes of cargo shipped to destinations across the world.  This was Manchester Airport’s best year since 2011.

Key export markets for North West businesses from Manchester Airport are:

The Middle East: 50,000 tonnes of cargo shipped to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar (up 7%). Etihad Airways, Cathay Pacific and others have all increased their cargo capacity. Apparently 50-75 tonnes of this is food being sent to expats in Dubai – that’s a lot of crisps and Yorkie bars! Emirates has also been in on the action, transporting luxury cars including a Lamborghini, several Bentleys and a Jenson Interceptor.

Hong Kong: Cathay Pacific started flying direct from Manchester 18 months ago, and shipped almost 6,000 tonnes of cargo to Hong Kong last year.

China: Later this year Emirates will start transporting Welsh coast crabs to China each week – it’s probably more healthy for you than what all those expats in the Middle East are importing! With Hainan Airlines about to start flying direct to Beijing the opportunities for exporters to reach China are growing.

Ken O’Toole, CEO of Manchester Airport, said: “This underlines the airport’s role as a key enabler of growth. We expect the launch of more long haul new services to the likes of Beijing, Los Angeles, Boston and San Francisco to drive up export volumes in the coming months and years.”

Manchester exporters have everything they need right here in the North West – great infrastructure, a good airport, freight forwarding specialist – and the best translators! If you are exporting from the North West, talk to Accutranslate about your requirements. We are easily reached on Freephone 0800 466 1335 and info@accutranslate.co.uk