Ports tells how it is ready to help ‘unpack Brexit’


PORT operator DP World, which runs the London Gateway port on the Thames at Coryton, has told how its infrastructure can support changes that may be brought about by Brexit.

DP World, which also operates a UK port at Southampton, says it is right at the heart of global trade and is ready for Brexit.

A spokesperson says: “The systems, processes and infrastructure are already in place to handle customs clearance – regardless of a deal or no deal – to to enable customers to continue to move cargo through the UK terminals or store goods on the Logistics Park in Thurrock.”

The company says should more detailed checks be required on goods imported from or exported to Europe, it will be in a position to use its experience to good effect.

The spokesman continued: “More than 90 per cent of the cargo that DP World’s UK terminals currently handle is non-European. Almost all of these countries have ‘third country status’ when it comes to trading with the UK. This means that goods arriving from those countries are subject to customs checks.

“Through the software and technology that currently exists, DP World and the authorities are able to clear over 90 per of the cargo arriving on a ship within about an hour of the vessel arriving in port. The remainder is subject to inspection, of which there are differing types of inspection – from simple seal checks, to full turnouts.

“London Gateway has forged close ties with the inspection authorities to enable customs checks to be carried out as fast as possible. Using a port community system, provided by DP World’s subsidiary company CNS (Community Network Services), users of the ports can push information digitally, alerting other port stakeholders what containers are required for inspection, what containers are cleared for collection and more.

It’s a system that works; it keeps consumers safe by ensuring products meet the required standards, but it’s executed in the most efficient way through streamlined electronic systems.”

You can read more about the port’s logistics facilities here: