North UK ports form partnership

14 Sep 2016
Port of Liverpool is one of four northern ports joining the Northern Ports Association

Port of Liverpool is one of four northern ports joining the Northern Ports Association

The four main ports in the north of England have agreed a new partnership to create jobs and boost exports across the region.

A new Northern Ports Association will unite the ports, signing the Northern Powerhouse agenda and aim to make importing and exporting much easier.

The ports included are; Liverpool, run by Peel Ports, ABP’s Hull, PD Ports’ Teesport and the Port of Tyne.

“Post-Brexit, the Northern Powerhouse agenda is more important than ever,” explained Ed Cox, director of IPPR North, which published a Northern Ports report recommending the creation of the association.

He continued: “Far from the powerhouse being a Whitehall-led scheme, northern businesses are leading the charge and creating much-needed jobs and prosperity.”

IPPR North’s report highlighted the domination of southern ports and the problems this creates in transporting imports and exports across the UK.

Currently 60% of freight destined for the north of England is delivered to southern ports, this leads to unnecessary motorway traffic, delays, pollution and inefficiency.

Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports, said: “Liverpool and the other northern ports sit at the heart of some of the most dynamic national growth clusters.”

“That’s one of the reasons we’re investing £400m in Liverpool2 and more than £350m in other infrastructure projects. There is so much potential for the north to be a true global gateway covering both coasts, especially at a time when our future trading relationships are unclear.”

The association was launched in parliament on 13 September with the four ports signing a Memorandum of Understanding to uphold their commitment.

Geoff Lippitt, PD Ports’ business development director, concluded: “The launch of the Northern Ports Association is incredibly positive, it will unite us in developing a stronger more progressive and prosperous northern economy linked to international trade.”

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