Learning foreign languages could be a means for UK ports to increase trade in light of Brexit, it has been suggested at the British Ports Association Conference 2018.
The UK’s export-import imbalance — when the nation’s ports have invested hundreds of millions of pounds into boosting capacity and the country is facing threats to global trade from protectionism — is “a wasted opportunity”.
There was strong opposition to free ports during the Labour Party Conference near the end of September, with the concept being described as “job-destroying”.
The UK is to launch a new campaign to promote the role of its ports in the country’s international trade as industry prepares for Britain’s departure from the EU.
UK ports have “a brilliant future” as Britain leaves the EU and takes advantage of the trade growth that is picking up worldwide, the country’s Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox has said.
British Ports Association (BPA) chairman Alec Don has called on UK members of parliament (MPs) with ports in or near their constituencies to form a parliamentary movement.
A new report looks into the opportunities for ports from autonomous shipping and makes a number of recommendations for ports interested in leading in this fast-emerging area.
The British Ports Association (BPA), UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG) and Associated British Ports (ABP) have welcomed the UK Department for International Trade’s new Export Strategy and highlighted the importance of ports to future trade opportunities.
The British Ports Association has published a new sustainable development charter which aims to support the dual aims of creating a strong and healthy environment and a thriving economy in which ports can grow.
The British Ports Association chief executive has closed UK Maritime Safety Week with a call to shut a regulatory loophole that permits non-professional mariners to pilot leisure craft under the influence of alcohol.
Key figures at the UK’s two biggest port associations have spoken out about the importance of safety.
The British Ports Association (BPA) has welcomed “the renewed focus on the role that ports play in regional and national UK economies” in a Mace report calling for free ports to be combined with Enterprise Zones to create ‘Supercharged Free Ports’.
The UK Government’s Clean Air Strategy 2018 has been accused by the British Ports Association (BPA) of not recognising it is cleaner to move goods by sea and labelled a “missed opportunity” to support more coastal shipping around the UK.
The British Ports Association (BPA) has backed the idea of a customs partnership as the UK’s post-Brexit customs setup, saying that it “looks to be the [UK Government option on the table for new customs arrangements] that will have least impact at the border”.
The British Ports Association (BPA) has written to UK Prime Minister Theresa May to call for finance guarantees for any new border facilities and digital infrastructure that may be required following the country’s departure from the European Union.
An agreement to reduce shipping CO2 emissions by “at least” 50% on 2008 levels by 2050 has been welcomed by global port authorities.
Like it or not, Brexit continues to dominate the agenda for the UK ports sector, reports Felicity Landon
New research shows that UK ports and terminals have an estimated £1.7bn of port infrastructure investment in the development pipeline.
The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has published the new Ports Good Governance Guidance which advises ports to be transparent, accountable and proactive in communicating information.
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