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.
British Ports Association
The British Ports Association welcomed the new Transport Secretary,Grant Shapps MP, to his role and commented on the opportunities that ports offer in boosting the UK Government’s agenda on trade and prosperity. The new Secretary discussed on Brexit, on the free ports project and reappointments at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The British Ports Association is thinking of expanding its coastal shipping opportunities and focus more on port connectivity schemes within the UK. Ports are a crucial part of the British economy, as they’re gateways for the 95% of UK’s international trade and they provide regional hubs for economic activity and employment.
The Free Ports concept has been much debated recently. This will not solve some of the immediate cross border challenges arising from Brexit but there are some ports such as Milford Haven, Teesport and others, where there could be interest. British Ports Association also outlined its vision for UK ports to be granted a special status, enabling development.
British Ports Association released an announcement outlining its key priorities for 2018. Amongst these, the focus turns on influencing the Brexit discussions, as well as the promotion of planning a freight policy reform.
The impacts of UK leaving the European Union could be crucial. The prospect of customs and bureaucratic environmental health checks at the border could possibly create congestion and delays, particularly for HGVs at Roll-on Roll-off ferry ports.
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