The British Ports Association is looking at barriers and benefits UK ports are facing beyond Brexit concerning 2019. BPA’s promoting port sectors, increasing public transport investment, planning improvements and issues about people and safety will be some of the priorities set for all ports across the UK.
Specifically, besides these priorities, new border control, alters to environmental and regulatory regulations and a new fisheries policy are some crucial themes affecting the industry in 2019.
As stated by Richard Ballantyne, BPA Chief Executive
UK ports provides important international gateways for goods and passengers and it is essential that the industry features highly in the Government’s Brexit considerations.
He continued stating that it is also important to focus to pro-trade facilitation measures in relation to any new border control processes at British ports and especially at the UK’s network of ro-ro ferry ports which facilitate much of the UK’s European trade.
In the meantime, the BPA has been promoting a Port Zoning policy which it will be looking to evidence and provide further analysis on. The idea is possible to experience the growth of the regional hubs and coastal locations across the UK.
Moreover, the BPA is to support the road and rail infrastructure investment in order to enhance the connection between the UK ports and boost the development of a new national freight strategy to better facilitate trade and cargo transportation.
Concluding, the British Ports Association is to examine safety and skills at ports, being in favour of the working of the industry body Port Skills and Safety which leads on training and landside safety issues for ports.