Steve Williams, operations director at Portico, has issued the following statement as a message of reassurance to customers and stakeholders regarding the port’s Brexit preparations:

I am pleased to update you that following a visit by the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP. The strategic importance of Portsmouth International Port and Portico was emphasised as a significant consideration by the government.

I wanted to reassure you that Portsmouth is prepared and we are ready if there is a no-deal outcome as a result of Brexit negotiations.

We have been engaged in government discussions over the impact of a no-deal at the Port of Portsmouth.

As a valued customer your hauliers travelling to Portico will not be subject to any additional checks. This only applies to EU bound trade.

We have also been successful in securing funding to install intelligent gate automation. This will help with the efficiency of managing traffic on site.

There are plans in place to minimise the impact of a no-deal Brexit on the port. These will be shared once formally agreed.

In fact, we are in a position to increase operations. Our location and capacity means we are well-placed to accommodate goods if there are difficulties at the short crossings in Kent.

Additional customs agency staff have also been recruited so they are on site to assist hauliers with clearances.

We support calls to clear up uncertainties around future infrastructure and the need to invest in port health resources. However, the port is organised to face changes post-Brexit on goods entering the UK.

While politicians have been negotiating a deal, we have wasted no time planning with government departments.

The port’s close proximity to the major road network means we cannot afford to have delays at the freight gates.

Working with the Local Resilience Forum we have taken our responsibility seriously to manage the impact. Additional checks need to happen away for the port. Potential issues can be managed without causing problems for Portico bound traffic.

Our port operations team are happy to discuss with your operations staff should you have any specific questions, please contact us if this would be helpful.

For further information on the port’s preparations for Brexit, take a look here.

If your business imports or exports to the EU and needs help navigating the potential Brexit scenarios, you can follow our custom agency’s helpful guide. There is also information available on the UK Government’s Brexit website.