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Delivering green ports

Tuesday March 2nd, 2021

Trade Minister Ivan McKee has called on the UK Government to ensure green ports have access to the same level of set-up funding as freeports in England.

The green port model will adapt the UK government’s freeport proposals, offering a package of tax and customs reliefs. Operators and beneficiaries will be required to commit to adopting Fair Work First criteria and contribute to Scotland’s just transition to net zero.

In a letter to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay, Mr McKee also called for two green ports focused on fair and sustainable economic development to be established in Scotland.

Mr McKee said:

“I want to ensure that green ports – embedded within their communities – build on Scotland’s reputation as a dynamic, outward facing nation and become exemplars of inclusive growth, wellbeing and sustainability.

“Businesses in Scotland firmly believe that green ports should be supported with access to the same level of seed funding offered to freeports in England, and I agree.

“It is important the UK Government supports the development of these ports equitably across the UK, not least to demonstrate commitment to the economic development model we have agreed and are pursuing here in Scotland.

“With Scotland’s land mass comprising one third of the entire British mainland, it would be fair and proportionate to accommodate the establishment of two green ports in Scotland.

“I have met a range of stakeholders and note their shared commitment to the importance of ensuring green ports fit within the Scottish context and of the need for there to be more than one.”

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