BPA New Government Briefing Document

British Ports Association

New Government Briefing Document
Calls for:
Focus on trade facilitation
Fast-track planning
Connectivity investment

As the new Government takes shape this briefing summarises the leading topical issues the UK ports industry currently face.

The BPA represents the interests of a wide range of ports and harbours to all tiers of UK government and beyond. 95% of the UK’s international trade passes through its ports and they are vital gateways for economic success.
Working in partnership with the new Government our priorities are:
Government to provide:
  • An efficient and streamlined planning and consents regime for port activity and development
  • Priority given to public funding of road and rail connections to ports
  • A Brexit trade facilitation pledge for border controls
  • Reduced burdens on business through the ‘Great Repeal Bill’
  • Recognition of the major benefits of maritime transport with targeted assistance for modal shift
  • Active support for the cross-section of port ownership models
Industry to provide:

  • An efficient, market led ports sector responsive to users and contributing to the economy
  • A responsible industry which strives to minimise environmental impacts
  • Information to regional and national planners
  • High standards of marine navigational safety
  • A safe, well qualified and trained workforce

Source: BPA, 13 July 2017

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