Freight forwarder and logistics service provider, Davies Turner, has recorded an upsurge in inquiries about the availability of warehousing space, driven by customer concerns over ongoing Brexit negotiations.
Previously, the company has seen demand for warehousing capacity often subside during the early months of the new year as many retailers require less stock following the festive season, but with 2018 already proving busy, limited capacity looks set to continue well into 2019.
Phillip Stephenson, Davies Turner Chairman, commented: “The increase in inquiries, many of which are originating from the company’s partners in Europe, seems to be the result of companies deciding to stockpile more goods than usual in preparation for any supply chain disruption that may occur around the still to be negotiated transition period following the UK’s departure from the EU.
“We suspect that the ongoing uncertainty over Brexit will only lead to more demand for short-term storage in the event of no deal or an unsatisfactory outcome with no mutual recognition or trading agreements in place. Depending on the final details of Britain’s trade deal with the rest of Europe, this may turn into a long-term requirement.
“Adding to these pressures will be more predictable factors like the Chinese New Year, which starts at the end of January next year and may also strengthen the demand for UK warehousing in March.”
In Britain and Ireland, Davies Turner has seven strategically located regional hubs and national logistics centres in Birmingham, Bristol, Dartford, Heathrow, Manchester, Dublin and Scotland, with another 15 branches supporting its nationwide distribution network.