The BPA supports an ambitious Freeport programme that recognises the critical role ports play in national and regional economies. Freeports are areas with special rules designed to facilitate new trade and expedite planning and job-boosting development.
Following the government’s 2019 announcement that they would be establishing 10 Freeports around the UK, a public consultation has been launched on their vision for UK Freeports. The consultation outlines possible customs rules, as well as tax, planning, regeneration, innovation and governance. It does not outline a rigid model but provides some background on what could be included in a future UK Freeport.
This announcement has been welcomed by the BPA and we are pleased that ministers have recognised the vital economic role that ports play in facilitating 95% of Britain’s international trade. The BPA has promoted the concept of ‘port zones’ for some time and is also part of the Government’s Freeports Advisory Panel. We look forward to further exploring how ports can support national growth and prosperity.