RHA warns chaos at Felixstowe is the shape of things to come for Brexit

3rd July 2018

The Road Haulage Association has joined the criticism of the Port of Felixstowe after the introduction of a new IT system caused long delays for lorries using the port.

Britain’s biggest container port – run by Hutchinson Ports – has ruled out compensation for hauliers and freight forwarders.

The RHA is calling for compensation for firms affected by the delays – and serves as a Brexit warning to ministers.

Richard Burnett, RHA chief executive sees a clear parallel with the importance of successful customs and border negotiations over Brexit: “What’s happened at Felixstowe is a stark warning to politicians about the dangers to the supply chain over delays at ports.  The 16 hour delays we’ve seen here are a drop in the ocean compared to the chaos we face without free flowing borders after Brexit – devastating the supply chain and the British economy.  It’s a wake-up call to the Government.”