Government borders proposals welcomed, but timescales remain short, says BPA

Responding to the publication of the UK government’s the Border Operating Model, the British Ports Association (BPA) has welcomed the clarity government has given to how borders will operate post-December 31st 2020, but has said that much still needs to be done and the timescales were tight.

BPA chief executive Richard Ballantyne, which represents ports that facilitate 86% of UK trade including all our main roll-on roll-off gateways, said that the ports industry welcomed the clarifications. “However, timescales are tight. The sector is now engaged in technical discussions with various government departments about the implementation of what the requirements will mean at the frontier. The situation is gradually progressing but there is still much to be done.” He added that “the Border Operating Model really brings home how different much of the trading arrangements will be for UK traders next year and we expect to see a concerted drive to get everyone across the freight industry ready”.