The Logistics of Brexit: myths, muddle and mayhem

Past event — 12 November 2019

Kühne Logistics University
Grosser Grasbrook 17, 20457 Hamburg, Room Forum/Small Egg

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Prof. Alan C. McKinnon, PhD

Professor of Logistics

Kühne Logistics University - KLU

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This seminar will be based on a presentation that I gave to the BVL International Supply Chain Conference in Berlin on the 25 October.  It is built around five myths that have underpinned much of the discussion of Brexit’s impact on the economy and supply chains.  I have assembled information from numerous sources to assess the logistical damage that Brexit will do to the UK’s trading links with the EU, particularly in the absence of a ‘withdrawal deal’.  This will also give me an opportunity to update the discussion we had about Brexit in October 2018.  As always, I will try to be objective and impartial in my analysis of this highly controversial subject.


Alan McKinnon joined KLU in January 2012 as Dean of Programs and Head of Logistics. His terms of office as Dean and department Head ended, respectively, in April 2014 and January 2016. In 2015 he won the KLU Best Teacher award and continues courses on the fundamentals of logistics and sustainable logistics. He has played a lead role in major KLU research projects for Unilever / Kuehne and Nagel and the World Bank and uses his extensive networking with businesses, international organizations and academia to promote the university’s activities worldwide.
Much of Prof. McKinnon’s research has informed public policy at both UK and international levels. In 2011, for example, he was appointed by the European Commission to three expert groups examining EU funding of transport research, the development of transport technology and the promotion of sustainable logistics. He has also advised several parliamentary committees and government departments in the UK and international organizations on issues such as freight transport policy, truck size and weight limits, road charging and supply chain resilience.

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