- About us
- IBJ Awards
- Free Sample
- Contact us
BPA backs the ‘customs backstop’
(Posted on 15/06/18)
The British Ports Association has welcomed the publication of the temporary customs arrangement, known as the ‘customs backstop’.
Commenting on the development, the BPA Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne, said: “This arrangement will give ports and freight operators a measure of short-term certainty. It is now essential that Government makes progress on our long-term customs and other border arrangements.
“There is still an urgent need for clarity on non-customs checks, which account for three quarters of border stoppages. These have the potential to cause huge disruption.
“We look forward to the passage of the EU Withdrawal Bill next week and hope that, whether various amendments are passed or defeated, we will have a clearer picture of what happens next.
“We urge the Government to speed up progress with the planned customs white paper to clarify our future relationship with the EU. We have made clear that, of the Government’s two proposed policies, the customs partnership represents almost business as usual at the border for UK-EU trade, but whatever arrangement we choose it is vital there is time for ports to adapt to avoid disruption.
"Ports need to know sooner rather than later what this relationship will look like and we will continue to work with Government behind the scenes on ensuring that the transition is as smooth as possible”
The BPA has consistently argued that the free flow of goods through ports must not be disrupted. This is especially critical at roll-on, roll-off ferry ports, where goods on HGVs are used to driving off the ship and out of the port virtually uninterrupted. These ports facilitate the trades of consumer goods, perishable cargoes and ‘just in time’ freight. Any form of customs or other regulatory checks have the potential to disrupt these important ‘just in time’ supply chains. If there are to be border checks, we have argued that they should be carried out away from port bottlenecks.
A new commercial freight shipping service connecting Western Australia’s Pilbara region to the... Read more
Hope Consortium, an Abu Dhabi-led public-private partnership delivering large quantities of COVID-19... Read more
PD Ports has announced a new partnership with the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, to... Read more
The Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Municipality of Rotterdam have reached agreements on how to... Read more
Canadian Pacific moved 2.22 million metric tonnes (MMT) of Canadian grain and grain products in January... Read more
A new grain unloading station will strengthen Rauma’s grain traffic. During the autumn, Euroports... Read more
In an extremely difficult global economic context, HAROPA ended 2020 with overall maritime and river... Read more
In a joint project, Covestro and the logistics service provider Nederlandse Particuliere Rijnvaart Centrale... Read more
In 2020, the Canadian Port of Trois-Rivières recorded a volume of goods handled totalling 3.3... Read more
The Port of Rotterdam and the construction industry are embracing digitisation at a rate of knots. Digitisation... Read more