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Trade Committee to probe freeports plans

[ September 7, 2020   //   ]

The parliamentary International Trade Committee will hold a virtual evidence session of its inquiry into the Government’s plans for freeports in the UK when it returns to work on Wednesday 9 September.

It follows the consultation launched earlier this year, on establishing up to ten freeports at locations to be determined.

In this session, the Committee will hear from the British Ports Association, Local Government Association, and Centre for Cities think-tank; with questions expected to focus on the Government’s consultation, objectives and planning proposals.

The Committee will then question a panel of customs, financial crime and legal experts about the Government’s proposals. Questions are expected to focus on the customs procedures the Government intends to use at freeports, what implications the plans could have for the UK’s obligations under World Trade Organization agreements, and the risk of illegal activities at freeport sites. This panel will feature representatives from KGH Global Consulting, the Royal United Services Institute, and Linklaters LLP.

It is available to watch from 2.30-3.30pm at: