PML and FreshLinc Partner on Brexit Solutions
PML and Cold Chain Federation member FreshLinc are to operate an HMRC/Defra approved border control post and bonded warehouse at Fresh Linc’s Spalding site.
The move will allow speedier movement of product from ports extending shelf life by up to 48 hours.
The border control post cost £400,000 and has been in development for the last four months. It includes a purpose-built 900sq metre warehouse able to store 330 pallets, dedicated inspection areas for customs and Defra staff, and four trained, new dedicated staff to run the 24-hour operation. It opens on 1 January.
The decision to set up a border control post away from the ports is in response to delays and queues that slow freight movements. The imperative to take action is amplified given the specialist and sensitive nature of PML’s cargo – the majority of consignments require temperature-controlled conditions – and the anticipated further disruptions likely to be caused post Brexit, PML said.
Nick Finbow, sales director, PML, said: “This venture will enable us to move product much faster from the ports, cut down on wasted journeys and should ultimately deliver a minimum of 24-48 hours additional shelf life on all our customers’ products.
“Our priority is to guarantee the safe and timely transfer of goods, ensuring that there are no breaks in the cold chain. By creating a remote BCP, we are no longer constrained by the issues at the ports and PML is able to operate and manage its own facility.”
Lee Juniper, operations director, FreshLinc said: “This is a great opportunity for us to work with PML to maintain the continuation of the food supply chain especially against the backdrop of the uncertain times we are now facing as a result of the challenges posed by Brexit and the coronavirus. The BCP is a perfect example of two like-minded businesses coming together to provide an innovative solution to an industry problem.”