14 September 2021 | LISW | Maritime Trade Global Britain

  • Published: 7 May 2021
  • Last updated: 7 Sep 2021
  • Date: 14 Sep 2021
  • Start time: 8:30 a.m.
  • End time: 10:30 a.m.

UK Chamber of Shipping
30 Park Street

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Maritime Trade Global Britain will highlight the latest progress in the creation of Freeports in UK, how UK Government and industry has been driving the growth of exports, identifying super exporters, and the development of new markets for UK products which will create growth and a strong future for UK shipping services.

The keynote address will be made by Andrew Mitchell, Director General, Exports & UK Trade, Department for International Trade. Andrew has a distinguished diplomatic career as HM Ambassador to Sweden before moving to DIT to take on the role of HM Trade Commissioner for Europe. In his current role Andrew leads the Department’s work on exports and the UK regions. Andrew will explore the successes and challenges of the UK’s new approach and take questions and answers afterwards. You are welcome to submit your questions in advance.

Growth will not happen in isolation but is dependent on ensuring UK Competitive advantage through new elements in Free Trade Agreements allowing innovative technology led offshore and green energy development as well as professional maritime services, and traditional shipping services driven by volumes of container and bulk cargoes.


The panel session will be chaired by Guy Platten, Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping. London is the home of IMO and ICS with Guy’s immense experience of the challenges facing shipping today he will place UK trade challenges in a more global context and identify where UK might find its edge and lead on technical, environmental innovation and international competitiveness.


Henrik Jonströmer, experienced trade negotiator and policy official, Department for International Trade, will join the panel to explain how trade policy and FTAs can support UK shipping, recent achievements in UK FTAs and what opportunities exist in new markets.


David Gwynne is the bid Director for the proposed Humber Freeport he has been working closely with landowners, developers, local authorities and LEPs to develop the Humber bid. He will be on hand to explain how Freeports are becoming a reality around the country and will describe how opportunities are being captured and translated in major live projects with all the economic and employment benefits that will follow.


John Swire and Sons, the parent of the global Swire Group is headquartered in London. It represents a rich trading heritage but remains at the forefront of international trade today. JB Rae-Smith, Chairman and Director of several Swire Group companies, and Chamber Board Member, has immense experience of shipping services around the world and will share his view about how FTAs influence new opportunities for business, shipping and specialist maritime services and what other factors are in the balance.


8:30 – Registration, Tea / Coffee

0900 - Event Start Virtual & In person

0905 – Welcome Bob Sanguinetti CEO UK Chamber

0910 – Keynote Address, Andrew Mitchell, DG Exports & UK Trade, DIT

0940 – Short Break

0945 – Panel Session, Chair, Guy Platten, Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping, with David Gwynne, Humberside Freeports, JB Rae-Smith, Swires, Henrik Jonstromer, Services Negotiator, DIT and Andrew Mitchell.

1025 – Concluding Remarks Bob Sanguinetti

1030 – Event Ends

If you have any queries, please contact Priya Birk.