£200 million Port Infrastructure Fund opens to applications (deadline for applications 30 October 2020)

The government has announced it is “ramping up” its preparations for the end of the Brexit transition period with the launch of a £200 million fund for ports to build new facilities.

The government has stated that the Port Infrastructure Fund to improve infrastructure at ports will be needed whether or not the UK secures a negotiated agreement with the EU as it leaves the Customs Union and Single Market and new procedures come into place.

The fund is targeted at those ports that have the space to build new border infrastructure on their current sites so that they are ready to handle new customs requirements under the new Border Operating Model.

The funding can be used for a range of vital port infrastructure – from warehouses and control posts to traffic management systems.

Where infrastructure is not best situated at ports, the government has allocated an additional £270 million to build inland customs facilities.

The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 30 October, with successful bids announced shortly after.

For further information, please visit the GOV.UK website.