Medway solution will keep trade moving

Brexit Unlocked

Andrew Hunter, sales manager at Peel Ports London Medway explains why the port has all the qualities needed to alleviate the looming trade crisis Brexit is likely to bring to the UK’s supply chain.

The ways in which ports move cargo across the UK is set to change - that much we know for certain during these turbulent times. Many of the trading gateways across the UK are sleepwalking towards Brexit, knowing that current levels of congestion are highly likely to increase as regulations change.

At Peel Ports, we’re acutely aware of the potential unknowns which lie ahead,  so we have been working to make certain we have the right solutions in place to ensure our customers’ cargo continues to be traded smoothly.

It’s well established that more than 75% of all RORO freight from ports on the near Continent passes through the Dover Straits and 99% of it is accompanied. That’s a vast a market of over 4 million units.

If this continues, goods will be bottlenecked as they reach the UK and because of this, trade is expected to slow significantly across the Dover Straits following Brexit.

We firmly believe that London Medway provides a seamless solution to this problem. This is it: rather than travel as accompanied freight, cargo that is not perishable, or where time is not of the essence, can move on unaccompanied services. Instead of storing goods in a warehouse as contingency, manufacturers and retailers can build contingency stock at the port of entry using stand trailers, removing the need for warehousing.

As a result, organisations can deploy a Brexit contingency plan without committing to long-term storage costs, enabling them to retain flexibility, given the uncertainty of future trading relationships.

Additionally, the unaccompanied trailer, which may not be needed for several hours after the vessel’s arrival, provides breathing space for the authorities to complete their border clearances without being pressured by the 90-minute crossing time.

Using RORO also helps to alleviate the critical lack of hauliers available on both sides of the continent.

Softer benefits unlocked by this solution include a reduced risk of unplanned delays, as the final journey is shorter, and secondly, as drivers are not “idle” on ferries, the productivity of hauliers improves as drivers are always driving

Routing via ports such as London Medway would be just as efficient as the existing options through the Dover Straits, as although the sea leg is longer, road miles are reduced. Door-to-door, cargo owners could save money, as well as avoiding congestion and reducing carbon emissions.

The solution we are putting forward is a simple one, which will help maintain smooth trade by debottlenecking ports and offer increased value to cargo owners.

We firmly believe that we have the expertise, experience and now the solution at London Medway to ensure Brexit doesn’t break down the supply chain for our customers.

Read more about how Peel Ports plans to unlock Brexit here

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