The government’s priority remains leaving the EU with a deal, but departments continue to carry out sensible contingency planning in case of a no deal outcome.
As part of this, the government has secured additional freight capacity to relieve potential pressure on the Dover straits and help ensure that critical goods continue to enter the UK.
Contracts have been secured with Brittany Ferries and DFDS to run ferries into and out of Poole, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Immingham and Felixstowe.
The use of this freight capacity has been agreed by ministers across government, recognising that it supports contingency planning across a number of departments.
The government is engaging directly with companies that supply critical goods about the process to purchase tickets on these additional crossings. Only suppliers identified by their sponsor departments will be able to purchase tickets.
Critical goods have been identified as those essential for the preservation of human and animal welfare, such as medicines.
Extensive work has been undertaken with a range of key sectors to understand their capacity needs and ensure that supplies of critical goods continue in any scenario.