No-deal Brexit: Government issues £300 million freight transportation tender

No-deal Brexit: Government issues £300 million freight transportation tender

The Government has stepped up its no-deal Brexit plans by issuing a £300 million tender notice inviting companies to transport freight vehicles via ship, rail or air if there are delays at ports after October 31.

According to the tender notice, issued by DfT at the end of July, “suitably qualified operators” joining a four-year framework agreement will “provide freight capacity to support the continued flow of Category One goods (those goods identified by the Government as being critical to the preservation of human and animal welfare and/or national security) in light of “disruption events”. 

Category One goods currently include medicines, baby milk, medical devices, military items and critical chemicals, but these are subject to review. 

Operators securing a place on the framework agreement will have the opportunity to take part in ‘call-off’ mini-competitions for the freight capacity contracts. The first of these is expected to be in place on 31 October.

The deadline for applications is August 28. More information is available here