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The UK ports industry plays a key role in the country’s economy as 95% of the UK’s international trade – imports and exports – is carried through British ports, handling 500 million tonnes of frieght and 60 million passengers each year. 

The British Ports Association represents the interests of over 100 port members, covering more than 400 ports, terminal operators and port facilities. This page contains the latest news and reaction from the BPA on topical issues. Please use the contacts listed below for interview and comment requests as well as further background information.

Media Contacts

Mark Simmonds - Head of Policy & External Affairs

Phone, SMS, Whatsapp: 07387090955 (inc. out of hours) -

Mark is the main liaison for enquiries

Richard Ballantyne - Chief Executive


Budget 2021 Reaction

Read our reaction to announcements in the 2021 Budget, which is expected to include an announcement on Freeports


The BPA supports an ambitious and bespoke UK Freeport model that will support jobs, development and regeneration.

Click here to read more about what we think about the Government’s proposals and for background information on what is being proposed.

Global Container Congestion Affecting UK Ports

Container ports around the world are dealing with backlogs in containers. UK ports are experiencing particularly high volumes as a result of that combined with additional traffic from stockpiling ahead of the end of the transition period.

Read more about why this is happening and how the UK is affected, here.

End of the Brexit Transition

From 1 January 2021, the EU implements new customs and regulatory controls at their ports for goods arriving from Great Britain. The UK will phase in import controls over six months. Click here for more information on the impacts this is having at UK ports.