In response to the launch of the government’s Port Infrastructure Fund, Zoe McLernon, Policy Manager of Multimodal at Logistics UK, comments:
“Logistics UK is pleased to see the launch of the government’s Port Infrastructure Fund, a vital service that will provide ports with some of the financial assistance they need to ensure the construction of the necessary infrastructure and facilities required by the new border operating model at the end of the Brexit transition period. The deadline for applications is 12pm Friday 30 October 2020, but we are encouraging our members to apply for funding as soon as they can. In the meantime, Logistics UK is keen to see the UK government’s border operating model published as soon as possible to help the logistics industry best prepare for 1 January 2021. Port readiness will play an important role in ensuring the smooth flow of trade between the UK from the EU and there is little time left for ports to train staff on new systems and create the supporting infrastructure needed to keep trade moving smoothly.”
Logistics UK (formerly FTA) is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With COVID-19, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.