Peel Ports has completed the 280,000 sq ft pre-letting to Culina Group as the first major tenant at the National Import Centre being developed at Port Salford.
The food and drink logistics giant's distribution centre next to the Manchester Ship Canal, M60 andM62 is expected to be completed by April 2016 and fully operational by the end of 2016.
Peel Land & Property has consent for 1.6m sq ft of warehousing at Port Salford, which it hopes will be mainly used for moving goods arriving at the £300m Liverpool 2 container terminal, due to open in December.
Thomas Van Mourik, chief executive of Culina Group, said: "This is fantastic news and a really important development as we seek to enhance our market leading position. Culina Port Salford will give us a real strategic foothold in the North West, enabling us to manage the growth of our existing clients, bring even more new business on board and create a substantial number of jobs in the region."
The confirmation follows planning permission being granted by Salford City Council last Thursday.
The shed will be the first unit developed within the Peel Logistics initiative.
The main contractor is John Sisk & Son. Fletcher Rae Architects designed the development.