New Government contracts have been signed with four ferry companies to provide freight capacity from three ports on the east coast in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Thirteen routes will operate from eight UK ports including Felixstowe, Harwich and Tilbury.
The deals worth more than 80 million pounds have been made to transport as many as 3,000 lorries a week for six months.
If a Brexit agreement is reached the deals will be cancelled at a cost of 11 million pounds to the taxpayer.
The Government says it's preparing for all outcomes.
The deals have been made with Brittany Ferries, DFDS, P&O and Stena Line to transport the 3,000 lorries.
The four firms will operate on 13 routes from eight UK ports which are less likely to face disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
These are Teesport, Hull, Killingholme, Felixstowe, Harwich, Tilbury, Portsmouth and Poole.
The contracts were awarded to half of the eight companies selected to be on the Government's freight procurement framework due to their proven ability to manage major projects.
The system will be in place for four years from October 31.