Operation Yellowhammer: Logistics sector shooting in the dark

Operation Yellowhammer: Logistics sector shooting in the dark

None of the planned scenarios under Operation Yellowhammer, the Government’s secret no-deal Brexit plans published at the weekend, have been shared with the logistics industry in meetings over the past three years, the Freight Industry Association has said.

The leaked documents, published by the Sunday Times, suggest hold ups with customs checks will mean the UK will face up to three months of disruption at ports after a no-deal Brexit, before traffic flows return to 50-70% of the current rate, resulting in posible food, medicine and fuel shortages.

James Hookham, Deputy Chief Executive of FTA, which represents more than 17,000 logistics businesses in the UK, said: “We are ready and waiting to adopt and adapt to new trading practices but without knowing the scenarios the government believes industry should prepare for, logistics operators cannot be expected to take adequate steps to get ready for a no-deal Brexit.

“This is the first time the industry is learning of any threat to fuel supplies – a particularly worrying situation as this would affect the movement of goods across the country, not just to and from Europe, and could put jobs at risk throughout the sector which keeps Britain trading.”