With what has been described as a major boost for the North's Maritime sector and a key milestone in the Northern Powerhouse agenda.
The UK's four main Northern ports have formed the Northern Ports Association to combat the domination of Southern ports and increase employment and regional economies
England’s four main northern ports, Liverpool, Hull, Teesport and Tyne, have agreed a new partnership to create jobs, boost exports and prosperity across the North of England. The association’s creation is a recommendation in IPPR North’s Northern Ports report, which highlighted the domination of southern ports and the problems this creates in transporting imports and exports across the UK. Around 60 percent of freight destined for the North of the country is delivered to southern ports. By bringing the four ports, ran by Peel Ports, ABP, PD Ports and Port of Tyne, together, the North can act as a gateway to the world, connecting Atlantic shipping in Liverpool in the west to the east’s links with the continent, according to PD Ports.