The UK Department for International Trade (DIT) has appointed several major terminal operators and shipping lines, including DP World, Hutchison Ports and Maersk, as members of its transport services Trade Advisory Group (TAG).
As trade talks with Japan, the US, Australia and New Zealand intensify, the UK International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has stepped up engagement by launching 11 new TAGs.
Their principle purpose is to provide the blend of strategic and technical expertise required to ensure the UK’s trade negotiations are able to progress at pace.
Appointed members from the ports and shipping industry include CEO of DP World London Gateway Ernst Schulze, Maersk’s managing director for the UK and Ireland Jeremy Haycock and Associated British Ports (ABP)’s director of Wales & Short Sea Ports Andrew Harston.
Tim Morris, CEO of UK Major Ports Group, and Clemence Cheng, MD of Hutchison Ports UK’s Europe division are also listed as members of the transport services TAG.
DP World’s Group chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said: “DP World is delighted to be part of the UK government’s Transport Advisory Group as it steps up its plans to negotiate trade deals.
“We are looking forward to working with the government to help global trade to and from the UK chain will benefit our customers across the supply chain.”
In addition to those from the ports and shipping industry, there are members from other transport and logistic companies such as DPD, DFDS Seaways, Fedex, XPO Logistics, Prologis UK as well as Heathrow Airport and Manchester Airports Group.
Members were selected on the basis that they are able to provide the relevant understanding, insight and expertise necessary.
The TAGs will be chaired by the relevant DIT Director, who will act as the Secretariat for the groups.