Created in 1992, the British Ports Association represents the interests of its 100 full members, and numerous associate members, to the UK and devolved Governments, the EU and national and international bodies.

As our membership comprises many ports, terminal operators and port facilities, all of varying size, location and nature, the Association is able to draw upon a wide range of experience and knowledge to represent its members’ interests.

The UK ports industry plays a fundamentally important role in the country’s economy. 95% of the UK’s international trade – imports and exports – is carried through UK ports which also handle 25 million international passenger journeys each year.

Ports are investing large sums – at no cost to the Exchequer – to expand facilities to cope with increasing demand, particularly in the Ro/Ro, container and offshore energy sectors. Investment of this nature is crucial if the UK economy is to remain competitive internationally.