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HUMBER, UK: August 07, 2019. Anticipating a no-deal Brexit and subsequent logistics chaos at the Port of Dover, Associated British Ports (ABP) says using its four Humber Estuary ports in the east of England to deliver food and medicines will help avoid expected shortages.

Research by the University of Hull Logistics Institute commissioned by ABP suggests using the Humber ports of Hull and Immingham offer a better deal for shippers, drivers and the environment.

Since 2017 the number of shipping services connecting the two ports to Europe has increased by over 30 percent, with new services from Amsterdam and Ghent plus the introduction of deep-sea feeder services into Hull.

ABP Humber portsThe university study concludes that by using ports on the Humber instead of Dover, delivery times to major logistics hubs around Leeds, Doncaster and Manchester would be reduced by over five hours and CO2 emissions by nearly half a tonne per trailer.

The study also estimates that moving 10 percent of cargo from Dover to the Humber could save around 100,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.

ABS says a report by consulting company MDS Transmodal has reinforced the university's findings. MDS compared the distances and transit times between the UK’s five principal warehouse clusters, located in the Midlands and Northern England, and other ports on the east coast including Dover and concluded Hull and Immingham are the only ports that are within four hours of each cluster.

The port group hopes the two reports will encourage shippers to avoid Dover as Britain leaves the EU without a deal at an estimated initial cost of £29.3 billion, according to figures released last month by the UK Office of Budget Responsibility.

Last week Bank of England governor Mark Carney warned of an “instant shock” to the UK economy with rising food prices for consumers and increased gasoline costs for the country’s trucking industry. Former Conservative party leader Ian Duncan Smith, Brexit spokesman and rabid proponent of leaving the EU at any cost, described his comment as “project fear” – mongering.

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