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Preparing your cold storage operations for Brexit

10 December 2020

Companies across the supply chain may face difficulties increasing their capacity to stockpile chilled and cold goods following Boris Johnson’s warning that securing a trade deal with the EU is ‘looking very, very difficult. 

The Prime Minister warned of changes from January 1st 2021 – the day after the UK’s current EU membership transition period expires – and has implored the country to ‘get ready for that change.’ With an agreement not yet reached on how food sector supply chains will operate after this date, manufacturers, retailers and the warehousing sector may require additional storage space to stockpile affected foods and medicines. 

Preparation has already begun, with Tesco, Britain’s largest supermarket, announcing that it is stockpiling non-fresh food ahead of potential no-deal Brexit. This move will have ramifications for suppliers across its supply chain, and could lead to further organisations following Tesco’s lead, increasing demand for storage space.

Temporary cooling systems and chillers could provide a way to safeguard against this rapidly shifting situation, according to Aggreko. These solutions can turn ambient temperature warehousing space into chilled and cold storage on a temporary basis, providing additional stockpiling space without the need for costly, permanent structural changes. 

“The Prime Minister’s comments that we must ready ourselves for changes, while expressing uncertainty on a future trade deal, means the food industry must prepare against potential short-term shocks,” said Matt Watson, sales manager at Aggreko “Companies may require additional capacity to store vital goods, but with capex budgets tightening in the wake of the coronavirus, constructing permanent cold storage space may not be an affordable option.

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