After the announcement that the UK Government has opened a new grants scheme for infrastructure modifications at ports in preparation for a ‘no deal’ Brexit, the British Ports Association has welcomed the funding but suggested that at this late stage a deal was the best way to prevent possible disruptions at the border.
The newly appointed British ambassador Martin Shearman visited the Port of Antwerp, figuring Brexit high on the agenda. According to the Port, the uncertainty over Brexit continues, and there will be radical changes in the transport of goods between the EU and the UK. The Port of Antwerp also expects a modal shift from ferry to container transport by short-sea shipping.
With a no-deal Brexit on 31 October looking increasingly possible, Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson has urgently requested ‘detailed assurances’ from the UK government that British maritime professionals will not be significantly affected.
The Port of Cork announced that it has doubled the size of its customs facilities, in preparation for the likelihood that the UK will depart the European Union (EU) with a no-deal Brexit, on October 31st, 2019. The Port concluded that if the UK leaves the EU single market and customs union without an agreement it is possible that more intensive checks and declarations will be needed.
Preparing for Brexit on October 31, the UK government has allocated extra funding to port regions to help them deal with delays. The allocation is an additional $6 million, with some saying that it is too little and too late to make a difference, in case of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.
iContainers stated that there are two extra factors in 2019, that could cause “further disrupt” and throw a wrench in the day-to-day management of the shipping peak season. Namely, the ocean freight industry has recently been operating under a cloud of uncertainty due to Brexit and the unpredictable US-China trade war.
Seafish launches its annual survey, beginning from July 15 and will run until September, focusing on having a better insight into UK’s fishing fleet and its economic performance. Thus, the organisation asks for skippers and shipowners to take part into the survey and provide their feedback.
Following the recent events where the British Government announced its plans on ten Freeports that will boost UK’s economic growth after the Brexit, the British Ports Association applauds the plan and highlights that the UK ports will be extremely benefited.
The UK Government announced its plan on establishing Freeports after Brexit, to boost the UK’s growth and ensure towns and cities across the UK benefit from Brexit trade opportunities, as British ports and airports will be invited to bid to become one of up to ten Freeports.
The recent events in the UK, saw UK Chancellor, Sajid Javid, announcing £2.1billion in extra funding to prepare Britain for a no-deal exit on October 31. Following the announcement, Richard Ballantyne, BPA Chief Executive, applauds the decision on the additional resources that will support the preparations.
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