Bristol Port hopes to profit from a Brexit boost if no deal hits other UK ports
Bristol Port says it has put aside land to help other major UK ports in the event of disruption caused by a no-deal Brexit.
The port - stretching for miles between the Bristol Channel and the M5 - covers nearly 2,500 acres - 800 acres assigned to so-called Temporary Storage Areas - some of which it says can be made available.
With the Brexit deadline looming, there is concern among ports about what impact a no deal could have EU trade imports and exports.
Bristol Port CEO David Brown believes they are prepared and stand ready to help others should there be a Brexit backlog of freight.
"All ports are hugely competitive and we pride ourselves on running an efficient service," he said.
"Therefore we believe there is potential for temporary storage areas and the way we handle cars efficiently into the port and out to the networks mean that we are well positioned to compensate should other ports have issues bringing cargo in or out."
Bristol Port says the fact 65% of its imports already come from outside the EU - the majority under World Trade Organisation rules - means it does not expect any problems if there is a no-deal Brexit.