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UK government seeks to wash its hands of costly port SPS facility chaos

UK ports have hit out at the government as it looks to offload responsibility for the associated costs of scrapping phytosanitary checks, including up to £450m reportedly invested by the ports in infrastructure. Representatives from two port associations have condemned the government change of tack, increasingly referring to the border control posts (BCPs) – mandated before the policy was scrapped in April – as “commercial endeavours”. British Ports Association CEO Richard Ballantyne …

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