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.
Despite the fact that Brexit came into affect several days ago, EU shipping aims to maintain its trade relationship with the UK. Namely, ECSA insists that it will be more beneficial for both EU and UK, to remain an integrated and seamless shipping centre.
As the UK officially exits the EU, the automatic right of EU vessels to fish in British waters, under the EU’s common fisheries policy, is to end, in a move that is considered a key benefit of Brexit for the UK. Under its five key negotiating principles with the EU, the UK government has engaged to make a better deal for UK fishermen.
Following the discussions around Brexit and how the UK’s departure will affect the shipping industry, UK Chamber of Shipping’s Policy Director stated that the sector will not change much, ‘at least not immediately’. Mr Gavin Simmonds reported that because of the transition period introduced in the first agreement and into the second there won’t be much change.
In fact, it is said that if driverless HGVs were to replace much of the UK’s conventional lorry and container transport within a generation, they would transform the way the RORO market works in Great Britain.
The British Ports Association has issued its annual New Year’s message picking out some expected highlights for UK port authorities and operators in 2020. Whilst the terms of the Brexit deal will no doubt continue to dominate, the BPA outlines the key priorities for 2020 to be: Sustainability, energy transition, regional growth, connectivity, innovation, safety, people & skills, regulatory review and port ‘impact’ to be major themes.
In light of the upcoming elections in the UK and the feeling of uncertainty, the British ports Association launched its six key policy priorities for the 2019 UK General Election, paying attention to a swift to Brexit, safety, planning, connectivity, making the most of UK maritime, and fisheries.
Maritime UK has issued its general election manifesto on behalf of the UK’s £46.1 billion maritime industries consisting of shipping, ports, services, engineering, science and leisure marine, following the recent Brexit developments.
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