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British Ports Association and Trade Bodies Urge PM for Logistics Minister Appointment

The British Ports Association united with ten other logistics trade associations this week to collectively sign a joint letter addressed to the Prime Minister and political leaders across the UK.

The letter calls for the appointment of a Logistics Minister to advocate for the growth of the UK's economic foundation. Such an appointment is seen as a significant step towards enhancing the growth and productivity of trade, provided the right policies are implemented.

The associations have expressed their commitment to collaborate with the government to address challenges and lay the groundwork for a prosperous future.

The letter outlines several key requests from the government, including the appointment of a dedicated UK government minister for logistics with cross-departmental responsibilities, radical planning reform, long-term infrastructure investment, an increase in transport capacity, a joint UK government-logistics sustainability and decarbonisation roadmap, skills policies to attract talent, and a partnership between the UK government and the sector to boost trade.

Richard Ballantyne, the Chief Executive of the British Ports Association, commented on the initiative, stating, "Freight and logistics are essential to the UK economy and largely independent of government, but we do need some assistance from policymakers.

"There is work to be done on transport connectivity, decarbonisation, skills, and trade, and as a coalition of sectors, we would like to see the government give us more recognition and support to help drive growth and jobs in the UK."


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