The British Ports Association has published the results of a survey of UK ports, unveiling that two thirds of them feel ‘somewhat confident’ about the business outlook for 2021, while a third feel ‘not so confident’.
Following the exit of UK from Europe, HAROPA and Ports of Normandy joined forces to help transport operators be better prepared for Brexit changes.
Hapag-Lloyd AG warned that UK ports would be severely impact in case of a no-deal Brexit, followed by vital ferry links to France that remained closed for a second day amid concern about a new coronavirus strain.
The UK has launched a bidding process for the first seven Freeports in England, as part of the country’s post-Brexit strategy. The British Ports Association (BPA) welcomes the move, as part of its port zoning economic vision for regional growth.
Amid the Brexit transition period which is about to end on 31 December 2020, National Audit Office urged that UK ports are likely to experience major disruptions due to lack of systems.
Following a letter by the chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove noting potential issues for freight traffic after the Brexit transition period, the British Ports Association responded to reasonable worst-case scenario assumptions.
Authorities in Calais are pressing the French government to establish a duty-free zone for British shoppers that would cover the entire port town in northern France, in case a future trade deal between the UK and the EU returns to trade tariffs.
Following UK’s exit from the European Union on 31 January 2020, Port of Rotterdam expressed its concerns about its trade relationship with the UK. Depending on the terms agreed, the free trade will bring new formalities, tariffs, quality regulations and environmental standards.
Responding to UK Prime Minister’s speech in Greenwich, the British Ports Association (BPA) has called on the Government to clarify the mixed messages on trade and set out a positive and detailed vision for the UK’s trade and industrial policy.
The head of Port of Dover reported that the UK has an 11-month deadline to issue new customs systems across the country to avoid potential border checks blocking its biggest trade arteries when it fully leaves the European Union.
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