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  • by Trevor Loveday

Critical supplies safeguard group grows

Supply chain body, the Chemical Business Association (CBA), has become the latest new member of a recently formed government initiative that aims to safeguard the flow of chemicals and other vital goods into the UK.

The initiative is part of the government’s Critical Imports and Supply Chains strategy launched in January 2024 to address instances as witnessed in summer 2021 when overseas demand and domestic market developments combined to threaten supplies of carbon dioxide – vital to water treatment.

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) launched the initiative – the Critical Imports Council – on 17 April 2024, bringing together 23 industry experts from leading UK businesses and associations, including the CBA’s chief executive, Tim Doggett.

The initiative, according to the DBT, is a response to "recent supply chain disruptions that have posed a significant threat to the reliable flow of critical goods to the UK, including the attacks in the Red Sea, the COVID-19 pandemic, Brexit, and the ongoing war in Ukraine."

Critical Imports Council members:

  • ADS Group 

  • Association of British Healthtech Industries 

  • Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry 

  • BAE Systems 

  • BASF 

  • British Chambers of Commerce 

  • British Generic Manufacturers Association 

  • BT 

  • Chemical Business Association 

  • Cranfield School of Management 

  • Critical Minerals Association 

  • Institute of Export and International Trade  

  • Tech UK 

  • Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining 

  • Johnson Matthey

  • Logistics UK 

  • Make UK 

  • Maritime UK 

  • Renewable UK 

  • Rolls-Royce 

  • Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) 

  • UK Chambers of Shipping 

  • UK Trade Policy Observatory


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