MANCHESTER, England – The United Kingdom’s Port of Dover could see a reduction in commercial traffic by around 1.1 billion euros a week if the country leaves the European Union without an agreement.
Doug Bannister, director of the port in southeast England, warned on Tuesday: “That’s how critical it is.
“If there’s a no-deal Brexit, it’s not going to be OK.
“But people are doing all they can to ensure Britain keeps trading.”
Transport Minister George Freeman, speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, said that government estimates on a no-deal Brexit have predicted that traffic in Dover could be cut in half for about three months.
James Hookham, deputy chief executive of the Freight Transport Association, said that an abrupt break with the EU would result in changes in what people might expect to see in stores.
He added that the importation of fresh products into the UK from the rest of the European continent could be reduced.
He also advanced that his association has scheduled 140 training sessions so that carriers know the type of bureaucratic procedures that they should begin to complete in case of an unplanned Brexit.
The FTA has recommended that carriers inform themselves about the possibility of contracting additional insurance for perishable products, given that possible delays at the borders could cause their merchandise to end up in poor condition.