Arguments over Freeports worrying the industry

22 September 2021

The British Ports Association (BPA) has expressed alarm at the continuing failure of the UK and Scottish Governments to agree a unified approach to the establishment of Freeports (branded “greenports” by the Scottish Government) in Scotland.

Import border controls must be resolved

21 September 2021

The UK Government and the EU have been at odds over the Northern Ireland Protocol for most of this year with the Government’s latest move being to delay the previously agreed implementation date for some of the new border controls.

Exports support for farmers and the food and drink industry

21 September 2021

We reported earlier this week that the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) had highlighted that sales outside the EU were not balancing the losses since the UK left the Union (see Food and drink exports recovering in non-EU markets).

Food and drink exports recovering in non-EU markets

20 September 2021

Sales of UK food and drink to non-EU countries were up 13%, accounting for 46.6% (£4.3 billion) of all UK food and drink exports in the first half of 2021, driven by a return to growth in China, Singapore, Australia, Japan and the Gulf region.

Winter plan for managing Covid

14 September 2021

We reported recently that parts of the Coronavirus Act 2020 were expected to be repealed as the Government prepared to set out its latest plan for dealing with Covid-19 (see Government outlines next steps in its Covid response).

Chambers find the latest trade figures “concerning”

14 September 2021

Total exports of goods, excluding precious metals, fell by £0.3 billion (1.0%) in July 2021 because of a £0.9 billion (6.5%) fall in exports to the EU; while exports to non-EU countries increased by £0.7 billion (5.0%).

Bodies set up under the UK-EU trade deal come under scrutiny

14 September 2021

We reported last month that a consultation had been launched on future engagement with business and civil society groups in the context of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) (see Engaging with business on implementation of the EU Trade Agreement).

Port stats up but still not to pre-pandemic levels

13 September 2021

The UK’s second quarter (Q2) 2021 port freight statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT) indicate positive signs of economic recovery despite ongoing pandemic impacts and new post-Brexit processes affecting UK-EU traffic.