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Trio Of Ports Could Limit Brexit Challenges – Peel

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 | 00:00

The ports of Liverpool, Heysham and Sheerness have the capability to limit the impact the UK’s departure from the EU is expected to have on trading, according to operator Peel Ports.

With a combined capacity to handle one million roll on, roll off (RORO) units per year, it is thought the trio could play a “vital role” in ensuring cargo flows freely as trade is “expected to be challenging” across the Dover Straits.

All three ports have already taken steps to improve resilience ahead of Brexit, including increased throughput capacity for HGV trailers and storage.

Chief executive Mark Whitworth said: “Our industry must address the risks of congestion, with 75 per cent of the trailer freight market between North West Europe and Britain having passed through the pinch point of the Dover Straits.

“The solution we are putting forward is a simple one, which will help maintain smooth trade and also offer increased value to cargo owners. Unaccompanied trailers offer more flexibility for longer sea crossings, taking advantage of capacity at ports other than Dover, such as London Medway.

“We believe cargo owners and their logistics providers can ensure their supply chain is protected, regardless of the regulatory framework around Brexit, by embracing RORO and alternative ports across the UK.”
Source: Insider Media

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