And John Williams, group managing director of Maritime Transport, also said: "We look forward to handling a regular service between the Port of Liverpool and BIFT
The BIFT tour was led by its Terminal Operations Manager David Turner, who explained the workings of the terminal as well as the cost effectiveness and environmental benefits of using rail freight over haulage.
Operated by Roadways Container Logistics, BIFT is one of the Midlands' busiest rail freight terminals.
Following the BIFT visit, guests were taken on a tour around parts of the impressive 400 acre Birch Coppice Business Park, including the new pounds 210 million Ocado customer fulfilment centre which is due to open early next year, creating more than 2,000 jobs.
David Turner, Terminal Operations Manager, BIFT; Alex Carr, LSH; James Darby, Colliers; Tim Wooldridge, IM Properties.
The Memorandum of Understanding on Academic Cooperation between National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT), Dhaka seeks to promote cooperation between the two institutes in the areas of exchange of students and faculty and training and research activities concerning design, management and technology.
BIFT, established in 1999 by the BGMEA, is affiliated to the National university of Bangladesh.
Birmingham Intermodal Freight Terminal (BIFT) - the equivalent of Dirft (Daventry International Freight Terminal) - opened to containerised rail freight in July last year.
BIFT is where it is because the Midlands is simply the heart of the country and because the location at Birch Coppice Business Park had the available development land and a railway branch line link to the national rail infrastructure funded by a multi-million pound investment by Warwick based developer IM Properties.
Mark Wynne, regional director of Roadways Container Logistics - operators of BIFT - explained: "Each container freight train travelling to Birch Coppice from Southampton Docks can carry approximately 33 containers in a mix of 20 ft and 40 ft long units.
It is expected that BIFT
will eventually receive up to eight trains per day.
Helping to put Birch Coppice firmly on the strategic UK rail freight map was the planning approval to develop the 35-acre Birmingham Intermodal Freight Terminal (BIFT
) - the region's largest specialist container handling railhead.