Brexit: UK Secures Ferry Space For Medicines To Circumvent Port Delays
Industry Still Waiting For Details Of Booking Arrangements
New checks due to be imposed when the UK leaves the EU single market and customs union in 2021 are expected to cause widespread disruption to consignments of medicines and other vital goods at the Channel ports. The government says it has secured space on nine new ferry routes in an effort to help keep supplies going.
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