Protecting the fresh produce industry post-Brexit

With Brexit on the horizon, a lot of uncertainty still exists around how goods from mainland Europe and beyond will enter and exit the UK, and the potential impact it has on business.

It’s a big concern, particularly to members of the fresh produce industry where delays at borders can have a devastating impact on perishable goods such as flowers and fruits.

Now is the time for businesses and logistics providers to put contingency plans in place to ensure minimal supply chain disruption post-Brexit. However, smaller manufacturers have already expressed their concerns around Brexit, with many simply not in a position to prepare adequately due to their size.

Currently, the majority of products are coming in through ports in the South East of England, which are already facing huge backlogs that will only get worse once the smooth transition of goods is restricted. However, solutions can be found by looking away to alternatives around the country.

Peel Ports operate a network of state-of-the-art port facilities servicing all corners of the UK. The ports of Liverpool, Heysham and Sheerness (London Medway) in particular have the capability to save UK trade from grinding to a halt, and although the initial sea leg is longer, road miles are reduced and carbon emissions are lowered. Turnaround times at the ports are also far quicker, with refrigeration storage available either on site or close by.

All three ports have already taken steps to improve resilience ahead of Brexit, including increased throughput capacity for HGV trailers and storage to support smooth trade operations by RORO ferries.

In uncertain times for the fresh produce industry, Peel Ports are pleased to have joined the Fresh Produce Consortium to provide members with the support and expertise to protect the movement of products beyond the Brexit deadline.

For further information, please contact:

Simon Dixon, Head of Containers Peel Ports Group