The British Ports Association (BPA) is planning to launch discussions with the UK government in an effort to understand its post-Brexit vision and how customs procedures might be best managed at ports.
The move comes on the back of the Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech from January 18, 2017, in which she said that the UK will leave the single market.
“The issues and implications of this for UK ports are centre around increased government border activities which could lead to disruption on goods and logistics flows at ports,” BPA said, adding that the association will discuss with the government how the reintroduction of customs and VAT declaration requirements on intra-EU routes can be managed at the border.
“There are different Brexit related challenges and opportunities for ports across the UK. Many ports with intra-EU trade will welcome the indication from Mrs May that the UK would look to negotiate a deal that would allow a future free trade agreement with the EU,” BPA further said.
Established in 1992, BPA represents the interests of its 100 full members, and associate members, to the UK and devolved governments, the EU and national and international bodies.