Bristol Port is Brexit ready

Author
Katherine Lovell
PR & Communications Executive | The Bristol Port Company
1st February 2019
Member roleInitiative member

Bristol Port, one of the UK’s Major Ports, has revealed that they are Brexit ready in a new information sheet that explains why they are optimistic about the future in these uncertain times.

Chief Executive Officer, David Brown, reported “65% of the cargo that Bristol Port deals with is non-EU. We remain confident that our systems and operations will continue to function smoothly and efficiently once we leave the EU and whether there is a deal or not. Bristol Port does not deal with food for people nor with accompanied roll-on roll-off trailers. We have had excellent dialogue with the relevant Government Departments and we expect any additional administrative burden to be kept to a minimum. And the one thing that Brexit cannot change is our geography and we strongly believe our west coast gateway will enable us to thrive and flourish in the post Brexit trading climate."

Chief Executive of the UK Major Ports Group, Tim Morris said “It’s important not to lose sight of the fact that Brexit may offer opportunities for the UK’s ports, its coastal communities and the environment. Regardless of the sensationalist headlines, ports and their customers are working intensively to ensure the UK stays open for trade, whatever Brexit brings.”

As a global gateway, Bristol Port adds £1 billion to the British economy every year. The Port handles an eclectic range of cargoes with multiple and frequent global connections. With a deep-water depth of 14.5m accommodating vessels up to 130,000 tonnes dwt, the Port has the natural capabilities to handle some of the largest ships in the world.  Bristol Port has invested more than £500 million of private finance into the Port since 1991. Recent investments have included a £7m container terminal update, the purchase of 2 new RTGs (rubber-tyred gantry cranes) and the purchase of additional land to meet customer requirements for storage.

Bristol Port is ready to continue trading as a global gateway, whatever the Brexit outcome. Click here to view the Brexit brochure

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