Forth Ports welcomes UK Government funding for its key freight ports

Forth Ports welcomed a UK Government announcement of funding for the group's key import/export hub ports.

It was announced that the Port Infrastructure Fund would provide a total of £11.7m for Grangemouth and its Essex ports Tilbury and Tilbury2.


Additional money is being spent to prepare ports for different freight patterns after the UK's departure from the EU on 31 December.


Contractors are on site and the new border inspection facilities are set to be approved and operational for 1 July 2021.


Forth Ports chief executive Charles Hammond said: “This £11.7m funding allocation for new border facilities will complement our existing work with cargo owners, shippers and the wider freight community to ensure that our global gateways stay highly productive and congestion free.”


Earlier this week the company unveiled new measures and support from the group's in-house Brexit transition support team.


Hammond added that the group would harness its experience in handling rest-of-the-world trade


supported by IT-backed border and booking systems, an extensive network of ferry and container connections, and onward rail and road links to the largest domestic consumer markets.


He said: “We will ensure that goods continue to flow efficiently across our borders and onward to their final destination.


“Supply chains are realigning as they seek greater resilience and a low carbon route close to market, and our ports are ideally placed to support through our investment in infrastructure, market leading turnaround times and capacity for growth.”


Port of Grangemouth is Scotland's largest container port handling 30% of Scotland's export.

The company said it has streamlined customs and border processes with AEO trusted trader accreditation.


Source: Insider.co.uk