Categories: a-events, British Ports Association, BusinessPublished On: 27.01.2022296 words1.6 min read

Next steps for freeports in the UK – priorities for implementation, extending the benefits across the nations, and wider UK port operations

Morning, Tuesday, 5th April 2022

This conference will examine next steps for freeports in the UK

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • priorities for development and growth and the lessons learned since the launch of the Government’s freeport programme.
  • opportunities, challenges, and outstanding issues
  • implementation
  • impact on national and local economies
  • taxation and cooperation across the UK nations

Further areas for discussion include:

  • implications for international trade and the UK’s relationship with the EU, including level playing field rules set out in the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
  • opportunities for freeports in the context of the broader UK policy landscape, including climate change, net-zero objectives, environmental protection, the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda, and economic recovery from the impact of the ongoing pandemic.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from:

  • Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, Scottish Government
  • Iain Stewart MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Scotland, Scotland Office
  • Justin Atkin, Representative UK & Ireland, Port of Antwerp; Managing Director, Ragged Edge Consulting; and Non-Executive Director, Portico Shipping
  • Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive, British Ports Association

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; the Border Force; the Cities & Local Growth Unit; Defra; the DCMS; the DIT; the Department for the Economy, NI; the DfT; the GLD; HMRC; HM Treasury; the Home Office; Maritime and Coastguard Agency; ORR; the UK Space Agency; the Valuation Office Agency; and the Welsh Government – as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons.

Booking here

Agenda here

Event: Next steps for freeports in the UK