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2nd October 2020 - Press Release

Port of Dover sets out vision of UK trade resilience

"Firing up the engines of the economy - the key to future trade resilience", an online fringe event in partnership with ConservativeHome, takes place this Saturday, 3rd October from 17.00 to 18.30 as part of the Virtual Conservative Party Conference.

The event will be live streamed through the Port's Youtube channel

Port of Dover CEO Doug Bannister will be joined by James M Stephens, Director of Government & External Affairs at Aston Martin and Robert Courts MP, the recently appointed maritime minister, for a debate on the key ingredients to ensure UK trade resilience in a post COVID and post Brexit landscape. The panel will discuss how to maximise trade flows and support key sectors across the nation now and in the long term.

Doug Bannister, CEO of the Port of Dover said:

“The Port of Dover’s clear geographic advantage is essential for the critical supply chains that continue to fuel UK economic prosperity. The unrivalled capacity, frequency and efficiency as a result of that USP will be vital in keeping trade moving, whatever challenges ports across the UK face at the end of this year.”

“Dover’s resilience has already been on display as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, remaining open for business throughout and ensuring essential goods are flowing to everyone across the nation. I have great confidence that together with our partners we can provide the UK with the optimal resilience in a post-COVID and post-Brexit era.”

The Port of Dover is not only focused on maintaining key trade flows with the European Union, it is also working with Aston Martin and a host of other major commercial businesses across key sectors to deliver on the Government’s key future trade agenda. Led by Port of Dover, the group is working to support British exports, increasing global trade and delivering sustainable logistics by developing the UK’s first Global Trade & Innovation Zone and zero emissions logistics corridors. This is through an innovative Freeports concept involving public and private sector organisations across the UK.

The enduring benefits that the Short Straits delivers today will provide maximum advantage for UK trade in the shortest time, which is vital in firing up the economy post-COVID and post-EU transition, whilst sustainably delivering trade resilience for the long term.


Notes to editors

The Port of Dover handles up to £122bn or 17% of the UK’s trade in goods. Its unique geographical position enables Dover to facilitate up to 120 ferry movements a day, handling up to 110 miles of lorries per day between them – more than all other UK ports combined.


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