Portsmouth International Port is vital for transporting much-needed freight quickly to ports in northern France, Spain and the Channel Islands.
Known as ro-ro (roll-on roll-off), this ferry service works against the clock to make sure that goods never stop from when they arrive on board a ship, to leaving a port.
We want to make sure this essential just-in-time service, which only ro-ro ports can provide, remains uninterrupted and goods, alongside passengers, continue to flow seamlessly when the UK exits the EU.
Unlike other shipping methods, ro-ro is the best option for transporting goods that can’t afford to hang around. The clock is ticking for fresh produce and parts for manufacturing to arrive just in time.
Any impact that could cause a delay has serious implications for the wider supply chain. Often overlooked is the Channel Islands’ reliance on just-in-time imports, which sees 95% of all goods needed for the islands leaving through Portsmouth. Supermarkets depend on reliable services so they can keep their shelves stocked with supplies, so a 24-48 hour delay can mean empty shelves.
We understand that the position regarding the UK exiting the EU is a complex picture and Parliament is yet to make a formal decision on the outcome. Until there is a legal agreement in place, we must continue to make preparations in the event the UK exits the EU without a deal.
As a major UK port many businesses rely on Portsmouth to transport goods across the Channel, it’s really important trade flows easily, which is why we’re working with multiple agencies to make sure hauliers can be processed quickly.
To make sure freight flows freely at Portsmouth International Port in the event of the UK exiting the EU without a deal, a LRF (Local Resilience Forum) contingency plan called Operation Transmission will be in place. We will publicly advise you when this plan goes live, but wanted to give you as much notice as possible of the changes that could take place.
To prevent delays and avoid cancellations to your travel plans follow these instructions.
A map of the checkpoints is available here. If you have any questions about your booking, please contact your ferry operator.
In a no-deal situation please can both passengers and hauliers follow these simple steps to prevent cancellations and delays to travel plans: