Sailors SocietyTMS Awards 2023ViganVan AalstPort of South LouisianaBühler GmbH
  • Port of Stockton
  • Geneva Dry
  • Telestack
  • Cimbria
  • Sailors Society
  • Port of South Louisiana

Brexit: easements welcome but timescales tight

Brexit: easements welcome but timescales tight

(Posted on 07/09/20)

The British Ports Association has welcomed new legislation introduced to fast track the planning processes for Brexit related border infrastructure, at and around ports, but is warning that there is still a lot to be done in a short period of time.

Commenting the British Ports Association’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne said, “The legislation introduced to bypass the planning processes for border infrastructure in England is certainly a welcome move. However there is still a lot to be done to get ready for 2021. At various stages next year new customs and border control processes will be introduced on European trade and our ports are working with government to look at what needs to done.

We want to see a swift roll-out of the government's infrastructure ambitions so that our gateways to Europe are ready but there could also need to be some pragmatism needed. There is now a huge amount of government activity in this area, but the clock is certainly ticking.

The sensible and measured implementation of the new border requirements could be essential for all parts of the freight and logistics industry. Further easements may be needed next year at the end of the transition period but that discussion needs to be held at high level.”

New physical and digital infrastructure is being prepared to facilitate customs and other borders processes on freight being transported between Britain and Europe and also for Northern Irish traffic. This can involve new inspection facilities and IT systems to undertake new frontier controls which come in on trade as a result of the UK’s departure from the Single Market and the Customs Union.

The British Ports Association represents 86% of UK port traffic including all the main Roll-on Roll-off gateways such as Birkenhead, Dover, Fishguard, Holyhead, Hull, Immingham, Killingholme, Newhaven, Pembroke, Plymouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Purfleet and Tyne, which collectively facilitate tens of thousand of lorry and trailer movements between Europe and the UK each day. It is this part of the ports industry which new border control processes could impact the most.

The BPA also represents all the ports in Northern Ireland and has been working closely with the UK Government’s Board Planning and Delivery Group and the HMRC to explore what needs to be done as we approach the end of the Brexit transition period.

Latest News

Humber Freeport makes new home in historic trade centre

(Posted on 07/06/24)

Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced that the Humber Freeport Company has located its headquarters... Read more


Partnership for Lake Ontario short sea shipping corridor with USA

(Posted on 07/06/24)

The Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA Ports) has announced an agreement with an affiliate of Beowulf... Read more


Stockholm and Baltic ports seek funds for Ukrainian cooperation

(Posted on 01/06/24)

Ports of Stockholm, together with Odessa headquartered law firm Interlegal and the Baltic Ports Organization... Read more


German and Lithuanian ports working together

(Posted on 31/05/24)

Co-operation in the maritime industry between Lithuania and Germany continues to grow. This is one of... Read more


New collaboration on Flemish seaport circular economy impact

(Posted on 28/05/24)

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) has launches a new chair in collaboration with Circular Flanders... Read more


AD Ports launches Maritime Sustainability Research Centre

(Posted on 28/05/24)

AD Ports Group, a leading facilitator of global trade, logistics and industry, based in Abu Dhabi, has... Read more


250 hectares available for new industrial activities on HAROPA Port land

(Posted on 22/05/24)

The “France 2030 Turnkey Sites” scheme announced in May 2023 by the French government has... Read more


AD Ports to develop Chittagong Port

(Posted on 22/05/24)

AD Ports Group, a leading facilitator of global trade, logistics and industry, has signed a MoU with... Read more


Centre of Expertise in Port Logistics launched in Quebec

(Posted on 15/05/24)

The Centre of Expertise in Port Logistics has been launched in Canada at the 4th Assises québ... Read more


Antwerp-Bruges launches world's first methanol-powered tugboat

(Posted on 15/05/24)

The Port of Antwerp-Bruges has presented a world premier: the Methatug. This tugboat, which runs on... Read more


TBA GroupTelestackGeneva DryCimbriaPort of Stockton
  • TMS Awards 2023
  • Bühler GmbH

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping