The UK government has awarded contracts worth a total of £77.6m to ferry firms to carry freight after Brexit “whatever the outcome of negotiations with the EU.”

The contracts will help to ensure the smooth delivery of vital medical supplies and other critical goods as part of efforts to mitigate the “risk of disruption as the UK and EU adjust to new border processes at the end of the transition period” – writes Supply Management.

“Securing these contracts ensures that irrespective of the outcome of the negotiations, lifesaving medical supplies and other critical goods can continue to enter the UK from the moment we leave the EU,” said Grant Shapps, transport secretary. Read in full here.

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