The PLA commissioned SQW Consulting to study the contribution of the Port to the national and local economies. The resulting report, which was published in early 2009, highlighted that:
- Port of London terminals and related shipping activities and services generate over 46,000 full time jobs
- The Port adds £3.7 billion to the economy every year
- Investment of £4.8 billion is planned in the Port of London over the next ten years
Each year the Port handles millions of tonnes of cargo from fuel to food, cars to containers. The jobs linked to the Port are diverse and include manufacturing workers, cargo handlers, drivers, warehouse staff and ships' agents.
Plants whose operations depend on the Port as part of their supply chain include Tate & Lyle, the raw cane sugar for which comes from Mauritius, Fiji and the Caribbean, and Ford, which supplies by sea diesel engines made at Dagenham to factories in Europe