The 007 Brexit cure

January 10, 2019 9:16 am

James Bond’s favourite car-maker, Aston Martin, has announced its Brexit planning to use strategic air freight and avoid Dover, publicly demonstrating that contingency planning is not only possible but essential to protect the supply chain.

As the date that the UK formally leaves the EU looms ever closer, 29th March 2019, and politicians continue to reach no consensus on a deal, the chances of the country crashing out rise exponentially, threatening supply chains across Europe.

This week Aston Martin, the luxury car-maker, revealed its board had authorised the use of air freight to ensure parts arrived in time, in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Car parts usually take 12 weeks to arrive after ordering, Aston Martin’s chief executive Andy Palmer told Reuters that the carmaker was preparing to use air freight and ports other than Dover.

Aston Martin are not alone, we are seeing increasing numbers of shippers starting to take the possibility of a no-deal Brexit seriously, and taking precautions accordingly.

Buffer storage is popular with some companies, holding stock in our facilities over the channel to fulfill orders for mainland Europe, and/or holding stock in our local facilities to meet domestic demand over the short to medium term.

The challenges facing shippers that typically move large volumes by road are arguably more profound, with significant delays at Dover and the Channel Tunnel and a drop in the flow of equipment and availability of drivers, which means that costs are likely to rise and effectiveness fall.

The solution for many shippers will be unaccompanied trailers and short-sea container services, which enter the UK via a selection of regional ports, that will be largely unaffected by Brexit.

In addition to protecting your supply chain from Brexit, these services can access rail networks and inland waterways, as well as road, providing flexibility of routing, transit and cost.

Click HERE to take our short review to find out if this solution is appropriate for your business, and how you can protect your supply chain.

And there is still time to book your place on our latest Brexit webinar on the 6th Feb 2019 @ 1000 – Click HERE to register

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