With concern mounting over the UK’s lack of preparedness to deal with new customs and border requirements post Brexit, the UK government has come to the party with the launch of a new port infrastructure fund.
According to the British Ports Association (BPA), the scheme will enable ports in England, Scotland and Wales to bid funding for capital projects for infrastructure that will be used to accommodate new customs and border processes in 2021.
Although open to all types of ports it is expected that roll-on roll-off (roro) operators will have the most interest in applying to use this scheme, according to BPA chief executive Richard Ballantyne.
“This sector has the most to do to adapt to new requirements which will come into existence when the EU completes the Brexit transition period. Indeed, how new controls are placed on the 10 000 lorry and trailer movements a day between the UK and Europe is critical to avoid traffic disruption.”