The government has signed contracts with four ferry operators to provide short-sea capacity for some 3,000 HGVs per week.
Brittany Ferries, DFDS, P&O, and Stena have collectively signed contracts worth £77.6 million to increase ro-ro capacity, with nine routes serving eight ports (Felixstowe; Harwich; Hull; Newhaven; Poole; Portsmouth; Teesport; and Tilbury).
Transport Secretary Grant Shaaps said: “As the transition period comes to an end, we’re putting the necessary measures in place to safeguard the smooth and successful flow of freight.
“Securing these contracts ensures that irrespective of the of the outcome of the negotiations, lifesaving medical supplies and other critical goods can continue to enter the UK from the moment we leave the EU.”
The contracts were awarded through the government’s Freight Capacity Framework.