British Ports Association Highlights Consequences of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit Scenario
Following the publication of the UK Government’s advice on contingency planning for a ‘no deal’ Brexit outcome, the British Ports Association (BPA) has suggested that negotiators have it in their power to agree a deal that would end months of uncertainty regarding the future arrangements at UK and EU borders.Highlighting the merits of the UK Government’s proposal agreed at Chequers and subsequently set out in the Brexit White Paper in July, the BPA is urging both sides to rally and agree.
British Ports Association Welcomes New UK Export Strategy
Welcoming the Department for International Trade’s new Export Strategy the British Ports Association (BPA) has highlighted the role that ports play handling 95% of the UK’s International trade in goods.Commenting on the Strategy the BPA’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne said: “The new Export Strategy outlines how Government and businesses can work together to promote UK products and exports globally, as well as improving supply chains. In terms of goods, the UK is an import driven economy, however, there are real opportunities to increase exports to Europe and beyond.
British Ports Association Launches Sustainable Development Resolution
The British Ports Association has published a sustainable development resolution, which commits to supporting the dual aims of a strong and healthy environment and a thriving economy.The BPA represents 350 ports, terminals and port facilities across the UK. UK Ports handle 95% of the UK’s international trade, keeping goods moving in an efficient manner that underpins the UK’s economy. The industry is also highly productive and employs over 101,000 people.Ports are often hubs of regional economic activity and support a wide range of industries including energy…
British Ports Association to Push Coastal Shipping
The British Ports Association (BPA) will be holding a short targeted seminar on Thursday 29 November to discuss coastal shipping in the UK with ports and operators. In comparison with other transport modes, shipping is an efficient and environmentally sustainable option.Utilising the UK’s hundreds of ports in supporting more coastal shipping has the potential to improve connectivity between regions.Commenting on the importance of coastal shipping (moving freight within the UK by sea) and what will be discussed at the seminar…
British Ports Association Welcomes Trade Facilitation Focus of Brexit White Paper
The British Ports Association has welcomed the Government’s Brexit White Paper which outlines the UK’s aims for a future economic relationship with the EU. Included in the White Paper is the much publicised Facilitated Customs Arrangement which essentially enables the continued frictionless trade between the UK and the EU. Commenting on the developments the British Ports Association’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne said: “It is clear that the Government has listened to businesses…
British Ports Association for Border Continuity
As the UK Cabinet prepares for an away day’ at Chequers this week, the British Ports Association (BPA) has urged Ministers to agree a proposal that will ensure goods continue to flow uninterrupted between UK and EU ports post-Brexit. Commenting on the Government’s forthcoming revised customs ‘blueprint’ proposals the BPA’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne, said: “We are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the Cabinet discussions and forthcoming Brexit White Paper. The UK’s post-Brexit customs relationship with the EU will dictate how almost half of our trade is handled at the border.
British Ports Association Skeptical on Govt's Clean Air Strategy
The British Ports Association (BPA) has responded to the Government’s Clean Air Strategy which was published today and includes requirements for all major ports in England to develop air quality plans within the next year. Commenting on the strategy, Mark Simmonds, Policy Manager at the British Ports Association, said: “Ports and shipping are part of the solution, not the problem and it is disappointing that the Government have missed the opportunity to promote shipping as the cleanest way to move freight.
British Ports Association Writes to PM on Brexit Concerns
The British Ports Association has written to the Prime Minister calling for funding guarantees for any new border facilities and digital infrastructure, which may be needed after the UK leaves the European Union. There are concerns from the industry that those ports with EU traffic will need to provide new facilities and digital infrastructure for government officials to carry out customs and other border checks. In the letter, Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of the British…
British Ports Association Calls for ‘Frictionless’ Brexit
The British Ports Association has published a new strategic report - ‘A Brexit Dividend’, which calls on the UK Government to deliver on the Prime Minister’s pledge of ‘frictionless’ trade after Brexit. Following Monday's (March 19) agreement between UK and EU negotiators on the terms of a transition deal and ahead of the EU Council meeting later this week, the British Ports Association has published ‘A Brexit Dividend’. Ports are calling for a pragmatic deal with the EU on both…
UK Ports to Invest $2.36 Bln in Infrastructure
Newly published research shows that U.K. ports and terminals have an estimated £1.7 billion ($2.36 billion) of port infrastructure investment in the development pipeline. The research is part of the British Ports Association’s ‘Port Futures’ program and was undertaken by infrastructure advisory firm Moffatt & Nichol. It captures significant schemes all over the U.K. and highlights how ports in all parts of the U.K. are investing in new facilities to foster growth in the U.K. market.
British Ports Association Comments on UK’s Future Border Arrangements
The British Ports Association has consistently supported the Government’s ambition for frictionless trade with the EU post-Brexit, said Mark Simmonds, Policy Manager at the British Ports Association. In that regard we welcome the debate prompted by the speech made by the Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, this week supporting a form of customs union with the EU as a step towards avoiding potential disruption at ports. Many of the checks done on goods at the border are non-customs checks and we will continue to make the case for avoiding stoppages at ports…
UK Port's Post-Brexit Health Concern
British Ports Association warned that without agreements on cross-border environmental health standards there could be major disruption at UK and EU ports. Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of the British Ports Association, said: “Perhaps one of the biggest Brexit challenges ports could face is accommodating new environmental health standards inspections at the border. As the report highlights, delays resulting from inspections at border would lead to increased costs, creating congestion and particular issues for perishable goods.
British Ports Chief Calls for Post-Brexit Port Zoning
David Davis at Teesport, the British Ports Association’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne suggested that cross border trade facilitation was being neglected in the negotiations. “The confirmation of the Government’s priorities for Brexit transitional arrangements provides European focused ports and logistics operators some clarity that in the short term it will be business as usual at the border. Much depends upon the negotiations and agreements of course but longer term, post the transitional period…
British Ports Association Sets Priorities for 2018
The Chief Executive of the British Ports Association (BPA), Richard Ballantyne, has outlined the Association’s key priorities for 2018. These include continued interaction and influencing on the Brexit discussions, promotion of planning and freight policy reform, calls for increased transport connectivity investment and the rectification of the ‘definition of a ship’ legal anomaly. Discussions with the various parts of Westminster and the Devolved Governments on Brexit will continue to be a major feature for the ports industry this year.
BPA Calls for Debate on Free Ports Policy
The British Ports Association has called for a new debate on a free ports policy following a report from trade specialists Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP. “Free ports and free trade areas at ports is an interesting concept which many UK ports are looking at. Brexit could mean that new customs and trade opportunities arise and any proposals which make the UK ports and logistics industry more competitive and improves the flow of goods at ports should be welcomed. Of course, free zone…
BPA Wants Reassurances on Borders Post Brexit
Commenting on the publication of the Government’s Brexit negotiating position paper on customs, the British Ports Association (BPA)’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne today welcomed the focus on continuity but suggested that further reassurances were needed on future customs arrangements at the border. Commenting Ballantyne said: “We welcome the Government’s priorities to ensure a smooth transition in the immediate period after the UK leaves the EU but more focus is needed on the likely impacts such as delays at ports.
7th Annual UK Ports Conference to Take Off Tomorrow
Tomorrow 23rd June international law firm Hill Dickinson LLP will be holding its UK Ports Conference focusing on ‘The Future of UK Ports: changing regulation, shipping trend updates and new opportunities in the supply chain’. The 7th Annual UK Ports Conference will allow senior representatives from across the ports, shipping and maritime sector to network and discuss policy updates, shipping trends and the latest logistics and supply chain guidance. The day will also look at…
UK Ports Alarmed by Proximity of New Conservation Zones
There is alarm amongst port authorities about the prospect of Marine Conservation Zones being designated either within or near to port areas when decisions are announced later this year on which sites will receive formal designation. There are currently 31 sites on which a decision will be taken over the coming months, some of which could have a major influence on port traffic. There are further sites, not due for designation in this first round, but which could be designated at a later date.
British Ports Association Welcomes New Legislation
The 2013 Marine Navigation Act introduces important changes to current legislation. The most important single change is the introduction of the ability of harbour authorities to take on harbour direction powers. This will allow harbours, in consultation with users, to manage traffic in the port area in a safe and efficient way. There are many harbours which still have not got these powers and so the new legislation will make a significant contribution to safety and to compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code. There are also changes to the pilotage regime, with the opportunity for a broader range of crew members to apply for Pilotage Exemption Certificates (PECs) as well as powers for ports to divest themselves of pilotage powers if they are no longer needed.