The UK government is working to double the size of the UK Ship Register, from 16 to 30 million gross tonnage, as Brexit formed a new structure to UK and EU relations. The country aims to be included into the top 10 global maritime nations.
The UK Department for Transport has published its Annual UK Port Freight statistics, which shows that overall total freight tonnages handled by UK ports declined by 3% in 2016. Despite this, there has been growth in unitised traffics and trade with European countries.
Commenting on the publication of the Great Repeal Bill, the British Ports Association’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne suggested that the Government’s statements, regarding the smooth transition in respect the legislative environment, need to be reinforced with assurances on cross border customs arrangements.
The UK Chamber of Shipping notes that, unless the EU and UK negotiatiors develop a new customs arrangement post-Brexit, EU member states and UK will suffer. In the video, the Chamber warns that the return of border controls would lead to increased bureaucracy, “guaranteed” lorry gridlock and threats to the prosperity of both EU member states and UK.
As discussions over the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union get under way, Brexit negotiators have been reminded of the importance of the country’s maritime sector in negotiations and the need to provide enhanced seafarer employment and training, Nautilus International informed.
At UK Chamber of Shipping’s annual summer lunch, in Edinburgh, the president Dr Grahaeme Henderson presented ideas on how to lead the way in creating a safer and more prosperous maritime sector. In order to create a shipping industry that works for all, he said, shipping needs to undergo a step change to radically improve its safety culture.
European shipowners published their priorities when it comes to Brexit negotiations outcome, stating that the current operating climate should be preserved as much as possible even after the Brexit, under the fundamental acquis of the EU: Free movement of goods and persons.
UK ports have stated that they continue to play an important role in facilitating European trade long after the UK leaves the European Union. So there is a need to ensure that those supply and logistics chains continue to function efficiently, whatever the final outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
As the UK is about to trigger the Article 50, Maritime UK and the Department of International Trade have announced that they will lead a unique three-day trade mission to Shanghai at the end of March to promote the UK as The World’s Maritime Centre, providing a complete package for global maritime business.
The British Ports Association recently discussed the issue of post-Brexit trade between the UK and EU. Specifically, the Ports Association’s Chief Executive Richard Ballantyne made the case a frictionless trade agreement between the country and EU while the number one Brexit related concern from the ports sector was reported to be the facilitation, with potential major challenges on Ro-Ro and ferry routes.
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