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.
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.
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.
Short sea container services between the UK and EU could provide alternative capacity to alleviate possible congestion at the Port of Dover post-Brexit, according to a study by global shipping consultancy Drewry. These latest findings follow an earlier study by Drewry.
The Port of Rotterdam will stop the imports of livestock from the UK in April, as a key inspection point at the Port is not ready yet. As Mark Dijk, the port’s manager of external affairs, informed they experience some problems, including livestock. Brexit is now scheduled for April 12, instead of the original deadline of March 29.
The port of Rotterdam Authority and the ferry terminals started providing truck drivers with information leaflets about Brexit, on March 19. The leaflets cover the formalities that must be in order when transporting freight to England.
On the night of 29 to 30 March 2019, the UK will leave the European Union. As such a development will lead to major changes, the Port of Rotterdam has made preparations to enable freight transport via the Port to run as smoothly as possible. For this transport to run smoothly, the Port said that cooperation is required from all parties in the logistics chain.
Volume growth is expected to continue for ports worldwide, but at a more modest pace over the next 10 years, said Fitch Ratings in a new report. An increase in protectionist trade policies, shifts in centers of production, and the advent of disruptive technologies are all factors which add complexity in future throughput.
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