Why ports will always keep the economy moving

We will continue to lead the way in helping the UK chart a course towards a secure, sustainable and prosperous future.

For all UK ports that handle trade with the EU, Brexit has raised concerns about the possibility of disruption.

But, after four years of working closely with the Government and its customers, the port sector has planned, invested and implemented new processes to be prepared for the end of the transition period.

Indeed, rising to the challenge of Brexit has positioned Dover at the forefront of new technology and systems that will set the gold standard for how the UK manages its trade over the longer term.

Ports provide the UK with trade resilience and that’s what Dover does for just-in-time logistics, handling up to £122 billion of trade per annum with as many as 120 ferry movements every day.

That’s what UK manufacturers have relied on and will continue to rely on as we move towards a new trading relationship with the EU and embrace a new global future.

As the UK navigates its way out of the Covid-19 crisis, it is essential that our ports support economic activity through resilient and efficient supply chains to businesses and consumers. Certainly, central to this objective are Dover’s short sea operations, which have not stopped during the crisis, and are worth £3 billion to the economy.

Ports also have an important role to play in growing the economy and have a fantastic opportunity to do so by harnessing the power of global trade.

The Port of Dover is developing innovative proposals for a multi-site Freeport that will deliver immediate benefits for British businesses, as well as transforming the prospects for inward investment and regeneration across the UK, supporting the Government’s levelling up agenda . . . .

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