New border processes and controls are approaching for the United Kingdom, regardless of any deal with the EU. That is why -according to the UK Major Ports Group- it is critical that the UK prepares now. They claim risks of delays and congestion can be reduced after the EU transition period if freight volumes use more of the available capacity at other UK ports outside of the France-Kent corridor.
Tim Morris, CEO of UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG): “We urge cargo owners to intensify their preparations for the new border checks and systems that are coming and carefully review their supply chain options, while government must provide adequate border infrastructure and maintain a level playing field for ports across the UK.”
“There are ports all around our coast able and willing to bolster the UK’s trading capacity. Realising this additional resilience capacity will deliver crucial benefits to the UK in keeping trade flowing in the short and longer terms, as well as contributing important environmental improvements.”
As reported on icaew.com, Morris’s comments follow the publication of its report ‘Maximising EU/UK trade resilience through making the most of the UK’s ports’. This points out that the UK’s port sector has significant capacity to handle more EU-UK trade, an additional 60% of 2018 traffic. This would improve the UK’s strategic supply resilience, spread economic activity around the UK and bring important environmental benefits post-Brexit