British Ports Association (BPA) is using London International Shipping Week (LISW) as a springboard to push for a trade-friendly Brexit customs agreement.
BPA chief executive Richard Ballantyne said of LISW “It is an unrivalled opportunity for the sector to gain profile and to influence the various tiers of government. We are keen to use the occasion to highlight the challenges and opportunities UK ports currently face. As a UK-wide association we are also pushing for more of a national flavour, with greater cross-sector scope.”
Mr Ballantyne said that during LISW, BPA hopes to focus decision makers' minds on “potential challenges and opportunities for the sector”. These include a trade-friendly Brexit customs agreement, a faster and simplified planning regime for ports, investment in port connectivity and drives to reduce red tape including scrapping the Port Services Regulation after the UK leaves the EU.
London International Shipping Week is held every two years and this year runs from 11-15 September 2017.