Logistics UK response to Labour's “Build it in Britain" announcement

Wednesday 17 April 2024

Speaking about the announcement (17 April 2024) of the “Build it in Britain” pledge by the Labour Party, Michelle Gardner, Deputy Policy Director at business group Logistics UK said:  

“The UK’s international trade connections have fallen behind our competitors in recent years, so it is vital that there is renewed focus on our ports and other logistics infrastructure, as well as work to reduce border friction and paperwork. Ports and other logistics hubs are critical to the UK’s supply chains and our green industrial future. As well as being essential gateways for trade and the smooth delivery of goods, they will play an increasingly vital role for the charging of vehicles – on water and land, importing low carbon fuels and the development and operation of offshore energy infrastructure.  Of course, the devil of this proposal will be in the detail, but Logistics UK looks forward to working with the Labour Party on making the proposal a reality if they were to be successful in the upcoming General Election. 

Logistics UK is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With decarbonisation, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.