Like many other sectors in the UK, the storage and transportation sector has been hit hard by Brexit. The most recent Business insights and impact on the UK economy report revealed that the transportation and storage industry was among the lowest of businesses fully trading, at 64%. The combination of Brexit with the recent pandemic has had a huge impact on our sector.
Many of the issues stem from new challenges of additional paperwork, new customs duties and disruptions at UK borders. These supply disorders have affected all aspects of life, including food and general products. The British Frozen Food Federation says that stricter controls on animal and plant products imported in the UK could create significant delays in Britain’s ports.
New shipping charges from the EU require haulage companies to pre-lodge the arrival of the load to the UK before it departs from EU ports. Importers will have to make a full customs declaration when their shipping enters the UK instead of having the leeway of the 175-day window as they did previously.
On top of these supply issues, there is also a shortage of drivers in this industry – this is due to many drivers returning to Europe after Brexit. To combat this, the UK government are offering temporary visas and companies have started offering higher wages. Despite this, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) estimates that there is a shortage of more than 100,000 qualified drivers in the UK.
Delays in Dover
Dover has been a big topic recently, due to the long queues of lorries at various points of the year. Even as recently as January, queues stretched back six miles west of Dover. These long waits are due to additional checks in Dover, and the introduction of a new system means there have been many delays.
These delays are only expected to worsen, as at the end of September 2022, the EU is introducing a new Entry/Exit system, which is an automated IT scheme for registering travellers from non-EU countries.
How Lesters Logistics can help.
Now more than ever, warehouses and storage facilities are vital in ensuring goods and stored and transported efficiently. Here at Lesters Logistics, we offer Brexit storage solutions to the current crisis. As experts in providing storage, packing solutions and transport throughout the UK and Europe, we provide a number of services, including:
At Lesters Logistics, we have plenty of room in our 22,000 square ft warehouse and 1000 pallet spaces. Our experienced logistics team can manage your stock using our Pick & Pack or Stock & Sever service. Get in touch today to find out what we can do for your business.