BPA Wants Special Post-Brexit Treatment for UK Ports

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The British Ports Association (BPA) has called on the Transport and Environment Ministers to introduce ‘port zoning’ in and around UK harbour areas to support jobs and trade post-Brexit.

BPA Chairman Rodney Lunn wrote to the ministers outlining the new concept that would see both marine and land areas within ports being classified as special areas for growth.

These zones would be safeguarded against the impact of marine designations and planning system challenges allowing ports to fast-track developments and have certainty about future activities, BPA said.

Ports throughout the UK now face increasing restrictions stemming from marine and planning designations, often representing a challenge to their statutory duties and future plans.

As pre-existing economic areas, ports are defined by in private legislation and are unable to move or change their limits, forcing them to undertake costly programmes to continue operating, according to BPA.

“Ports are vital clusters of jobs and trade, supporting coastal communities as well as safeguarding harbour areas for commercial and recreational users. As we move into a new trading environment post-Brexit, it is important that the sector remains competitive. Environmental and planning constraints in ports statutory limits are becoming increasingly difficult to work with. Our proposed ‘port zones’ would allow ports to continue to fulfil their duties to maintain safe harbours whilst supporting jobs and trade without endangering the environment,” Lunn said.

BPA represents the interests of 100 port members, covering over 350 ports, terminal operators and port facilities. 96% of the UK’s international trade – imports and exports – is carried through UK ports which also handle 60 million passenger journeys each year. The UK port industry is the second largest in Europe, handling more than 500 million tonnes of freight each year

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