Bristol Port says it has put apart land to assist different main UK ports within the occasion of disruption brought on by a no-deal Brexit.
The port – stretching for miles between the Bristol Channel and the M5 – covers practically 2,500 acres – 800 acres assigned to so-called Short-term Storage Areas – a few of which it says may be made out there.
With the Brexit deadline looming, there may be concern amongst ports about what impression a no deal may have EU commerce imports and exports.
Bristol Port CEO David Brown believes they’re ready and stand prepared to assist others ought to there be a Brexit backlog of freight.
“All ports are vastly aggressive and we delight ourselves on operating an environment friendly service,” he mentioned.
“Due to this fact we consider there may be potential for short-term storage areas and the best way we deal with vehicles effectively into the port and out to the networks imply that we’re nicely positioned to compensate ought to different ports have points bringing cargo in or out.”
Bristol Port says the very fact 65% of its imports already come from exterior the EU – the bulk below World Commerce Organisation guidelines – means it doesn’t anticipate any issues if there’s a no-deal Brexit.
However the specter of freight disruption, particularly on occupied freight (lorries with a driver travelling with the cargo), is actual.
Final month the federal government ran operation Brock – an train which examined Manston Airport in Kent as a holding space for lorries.
Tim Morris from the UK Main Ports Group says ports throughout the nation are working to make sure commerce from Europe continues to move.
Mr Morris mentioned: “We will not be complacent about this as there’s an excessive amount of element that is concerned in these processes however one of many jobs at ports throughout the UK together with the port of Bristol that they have been doing, been working very laborious with their prospects and potential prospects to make sure that the methods they’ve in place proper now for non EU commerce may be utilized to EU commerce, so there may be an excessive amount of work happening with that and its been an actual focus of loads of the efforts of ports.”
On any given day imports into Bristol are various.
On Monday we noticed greater than 1,000 Vauxhall and Mercedes vehicles being unloaded from a ship that had arrived that morning from Spain.
On the similar time within the subsequent berth, 60,000 tonnes of animal feed was being lifted onto the port facet from a ship from Louisiana, USA.
Bristol Port’s supply of assistance is in fact primarily about boosting enterprise.
It, like many different ports, is eyeing potential contracts from rivals that Brexit may make out there.