- About us
- IBJ Awards
- Free Sample
- Contact us
BPA backs Northern ‘Free Ports’ strategy
(Posted on 21/06/18)
The British Ports Association has welcomed the renewed focus on role that ports play in regional and national UK economies in a new report on 'Supercharged Free Ports'.
The report highlights the opportunities of 'super charging' free ports to include enterprise stimulus. This is similar to the Association's 'port zoning' proposals, which could include enterprise, planning and consenting advantages for UK ports of all type and location.
The British Ports Association’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne said: “We welcome the discussion about ports which shows how central they are to regional and national economies. Establishing a Free Port alone could be quite a challenging exercise but combining other stimulus in areas such as enterprise and planning would enable ports to grow and develop. Should these zones be taken forward, we would expect them to be voluntary and implemented in a similar way across the country in a way that does not distort competition. Ports are economic areas that have been built up over many years, supporting jobs and businesses. They are often at the heart of their communities supporting trade, offshore industries, fishing, leisure and tourism as well as providing vital transport links."
A ‘Free Port’ allows certain exemptions from customs duties and tariffs which enables added value processes to take place. They can be created under current UK law but depending on the type of Brexit deal the UK Government negotiates they could be more relevant to the UK.
Free ports do not offer a solution to potential customs and border requirements challenges presented by Brexit for gateway ports, where freight simply moves through a port. They could however provide benefits to ports where added value and industrial processes are undertaken. Dependent on the final Brexit agreement there could be competition issues to consider on customs and excise procedures, therefore free ports continues to attract much debate.
Landsvirkjun, the National Power Company of Iceland, and the Port of Rotterdam have completed a pre-... Read more
PD Ports is celebrating after achieving Gold status at the internationally-recognised RoSPA Awards for... Read more
The Port of Long Beach and the Utah Inland Port Authority have agreed to collaborate in the development... Read more
Western Australia’s Pilbara Ports Authority has delivered a total monthly throughput of 62.6 million... Read more
The UK’s Q1 2021 port freight statistics from the Department for Transport released today provide... Read more
Last October, Port of Antwerp launched the first round of a market consultation for the NextGen District... Read more
PD Ports, Statutory Harbour Authority for the River Tees and owner and operator of Teesport, has launched... Read more
HAROPA PORT has announced the creation of a major river and sea port complex and the outcome of a call... Read more
Concordia Damen has signed a historic contract with Lenten Scheepvaart. The contract, signed on 18th... Read more
The Trois-Rivières Port Authority (TRPA) has held its annual general assembly, which was an opportunity... Read more