The British Ports Association welcomed a new UK government promise to provide more than £700m (US$880m) in funding to cover infrastructure, systems, staffing to cope with the new border requirements relating to the Britain’s departure from the EU customs union and single markets at the end of this year.
As LloydsLoadingList reports, the BPA highlighted that the £705m included funding to build border facilities at (ferry)ports where infrastructure can be built on site, as well as for government to build inland infrastructure sites, where ports do not have the space.
The association, which represents a wide variety of UK port operators including all the major ferry terminals that facilitate tens of thousands of HGVs between Britain and the EU every day, stressed that it “has been asking for funding commitments for some time and previously wrote to the Prime Minister outlining its concerns”.
Commenting on the new funding promises announced yesterday, BPA chief executive Richard Ballantyne said: “These are helpful measures designed to ease the new borders requirements which come into force next year. We are particularly grateful that the government has listened and agreed to our requests to pay for new infrastructure both at ports and at inland sites.