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On behalf of the DfT, Oxera examines the international competitiveness of the UK maritime sector

In our report, we set out a framework to describe the nature of competition in the maritime sector based on key market characteristics, and assess the main drivers of the UK’s performance and competitiveness, compared with its main competitors.
 
We propose five key recommendations to improve competitiveness:
 
1.   considering responding to aggressive use of taxation by competitor countries through targeted fiscal measures for the shipping sector;
2.   ensuring that the compliance costs of taxation and regulation affecting the sector are minimised in new and existing legislation, to retain and attract mobile activity such as ship ownership and business services;
3.   considering whether immigration laws for skilled seafarers could be relaxed to facilitate maritime activity;
4.   promoting the maritime sector to the UK public to improve its appeal as a career option;
5.   ensuring that the planning system and wider regulatory environment for port services support ports in adapting for the future.

The report was mentioned in a speech given to the All Party Parliamentary Maritime Group by Robert Goodwill MP on 14 July.