British Ports Association responds to the UK's EU trade priorities

Following the publication of the UK’s Government’s approach to the EU trade negotiations, the British Ports Association’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne said:

“The British Ports Association supports an ambitious free trading agenda for the UK, but this should not mean erecting new non-tariff barriers with some of our most important markets. We are concerned that the UK’s approach to negotiations with the European Union lacks ambitions when it comes to non-tariff barriers and does not fully appreciate the role that frictionless trade has played in supporting advanced and critical supply chains.

We must ensure importers and exporters continue to trade and are not prevented from dealing with important markets. Also it goes without saying clock is ticking and the logistics sector now needs to know exactly what to prepare for.”

The Government’s The Future Relationship with the EU: The UK’s Approach to Negotiations was published on 27 February 2020.