Doug Bannister has reiterated the importance of keeping goods flowing freely via the most economic route to market on 31 October and beyond at a Port of Dover Conservative Party Conference fringe event in association with ConservativeHome.
Doug said, “Dover is a fast-pace operation unlike anywhere else and has been dubbed Britain’s just-in-time trade conveyor belt; but it is Ireland’s too with about 40% of Irish exports to the EU travelling via Dover. Business as usual means Dover as usual and that is what we have been working on.”
The Port of Dover has been at the forefront of the Brexit debate around UK trade and for good reason. It handles GBP122 billion (USD150 billion) by value or 17% of the UK’s trade in goods on the shortest sea crossing between the United Kingdom and the European Union. That unique geographical position enables Dover to maximise capacity, efficiency, and frequency to facilitate 120 ferry movements a day with a fleet of 12 ferries carrying up to 110 miles (177 km) of trucks between them – more than all other UK ports combined.
He added, “Alongside ongoing major investment in our operational capacity, we’ve prepared for Brexit, working hard to ensure our assets are ready, critical spare parts stocked, and the right level of resources are in place.”
With one month to go until Brexit, Doug was joined by other logistics leaders, including James Hookham, deputy chief executive of the Freight Transport Association (FTA), to discuss how Britain’s key transport links are preparing for Brexit.
The Port of Dover is also the headline sponsor for the FTA’s Brexit Readiness Conference on 4 October, which presents another timely opportunity for key players in the logistics industry to come together and ensure they are prepared for 31 October.