Britain’s exporters risk being held back by a lack of access to key trading markets including the UAE, new data has revealed.
As Britain prepares to leave the EU, the data shows that key routes from Heathrow to Shanghai, Delhi, Mumbai, Los Angeles, Tokyo Haneda and Dubai are virtually full and unable to accommodate further growth in trade.
The data showed that in 2017, Heathrow handled 1.7 million tonnes of cargo including 73,536 tonnes on the Dubai route, which has very little spare capacity.
Combined, these six routes alone account for nearly 18 percent of Heathrow’s total cargo volumes, the airport said.
It added that the data underscores the importance of expanding Heathrow at pace to ensure that Britain can thrive as an outward looking trading nation after Brexit.
Heathrow is already the UK’s largest port by value – bigger than Felixstowe and Southampton combined – and handled over £106 billion worth of goods last year.