The firms will have the job of ensuring the smooth flow of vital supplies whatever happens in trade talks.
Chris Grayling’s successor, Grant Shapps, said: « As the transition period comes to an end, we are putting the necessary measures in place to safeguard the smooth and successful flow of freight.
« Securing these contracts ensures that irrespective of the outcome of the negotiations, life-saving medical supplies and other critical goods can continue to enter the UK from the moment we leave the EU. »
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