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We are ready for Brexit, Dover boss tells Tories

[ October 1, 2019   //   ]

“We are prepared,” Port of Dover chief executive Doug Bannister told the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.

He reiterated the importance of keeping goods flowing freely via the most economic route to market on 31 October and beyond at a conference fringe event.

Bannister 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 around 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.”

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 Freight Transport Association’s Brexit Readiness Conference on Friday.