CEOs and directors of around 100 ports and harbours around the UK polled by the Shipping and Maritime practice of Odgers Berndtson, a global executive search firm, have disclosed a startling lack of readiness for the looming Brexit.
With ten weeks to go to what is likely to be a no-deal Brexit, potentially resulting in disruptions and congestion at UK ports, little or no planning has been done, the poll shows.
When leaders at UK port and harbour authorities were asked about their state of readiness, only 16% said they had made any “significant or practical” plans for Brexit. The remainder were equally split between ports doing “only some high-level planning” and nothing at all.
“The ports industry is keen to seize on any opportunities arising from Brexit, but this is the first real indication of what’s actually happening outside ports like Dover,”said Paul Butterworth, head of the Maritime & Shipping Practice at Odgers Berndtson.
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