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Major ports react to withdrawal of EU import checks

Responding to today’s announcement on the withdrawal of border checks on EU import checks planned for introduction from the 1st July* Tim Morris, CEO of the UK Major Ports Group said “Many ports have been working incredibly hard and have invested over £100 million of their own money to build a network of brand new border checks to meet the requirements the Government has been insisting on for several years. This now looks like wasted time, effort, and money to develop what we fear will be highly bespoke white elephants. Government needs to engage urgently with ports to agree how the substantial investments made in good faith can be recovered. We will of course be working closely with the Government on its new vision of a slimmer and smaller regime of border checks.”

* Written statements – Written questions, answers and statements – UK Parliament

Notes to Editors: About the UK Major Ports Group

The UK Major Ports Group is the trade body for the UK’s major port operators. It represents the nine largest port operators in UK. Our members collectively handle 75% of the UK’s port volumes through 40 ports. These include the largest ports in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. UKMPG members together already invest around £500 million per year in the UK’s ports and related infrastructure. Current UKMPG members are Associated British Ports, Belfast Harbour Commissioners, The Bristol Port Company, DP World , Forth Ports, Hutchison Ports UK, PD Ports, Peel Ports and the Port of London Authority. For more information please see