London, United Kingdom (PortSEurope) November 21, 2018 – The UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG) has published a 5-point plan to develop the UK ports sector.
The issue of Brexit and UK trade with the rest of the world has highlighted the importance of the port sector to the economy.
The five policies are based on measures to enable the ports to thrive, connectivity, investment and jobs, the environment and ports of the future.
The plan describes the contribution to the UK’s major ports make to the UK today, both as predominant gateways to the world – with 95% of the UK’s physical trade arriving or departing by sea – and as vital drivers of prosperity and opportunity in coastal communities all around the UK.
The United Kingdom Major Ports Group Ltd (UKMPG) was formed in 1993 and is the trade association representing most of the larger commercial ports in the United Kingdom. It has nine members who, between them, own and operate over 40 ports, accounting for more than 70% of the total tonnage handled in UK ports. Current members are Associated British Ports, Belfast Harbour Commissioners, the Bristol Port Company, DP World London Gateway, Forth Ports, Hutchison Ports UK, PD Ports, Peel Ports and the Port of London Authority.
UKMPG represents the interests and concerns of its members to policy makers and opinion formers in the UK and Europe, on those areas of Government or EU policy which affect the industry. It also provides forums for its members to share with other ports ideas and best practice on issues including the environment, port infrastructure and navigation.
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