Allan Bell, VP and Head of Logistics, UK & Ireland.
DFDS is one of three companies which the UK Department for Health has awarded contracts for Express Freight Service to deliver medicines and medical products in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The service is to help ensure supply of vital medicines and medical products.
Contracts have also been awarded to United Parcel Services (UPS)and Biocair.
According to the contracts, the UK National Health Service will have access to next day delivery on small consignments, including temperature controlled or hazardous products, 48-hour delivery for larger loads, and access to specialist services, including hand delivered courier services if needed.
“We are ready to deliver on this,” says Allan Bell, VP and Head of Logistics, UK & Ireland.
“That we are included in a national contingency plan like this is a testament of our strong brand and our reputation for quality and reliability, which we have earned through our hard work over a long period of time, and something we should be very proud of,” says Allan.
The new contingency service will support existing plans already in place, including:
- building buffer stocks of medicines and medical products
- changing or clarifying regulatory requirements so that companies can continue to sell their products in the UK if we have no deal
- strengthening the process and resources used to deal with shortages
- procurement of additional warehouse capacity
- supporting companies to improve the readiness of their logistics and supply chains to meet the new customs and border requirements for both import and export
October 18, 2019