British ship on unsure trip to Osaka

UK-Japan News March 2019

A ship has left Felixstowe for Japan with no guarantee that its cargo can be unloaded. According to CNBC, the sticking point is the lack of a free trade agreement (FTA) between the UK and Japan. Because the cargo ship Thalassa Mana is scheduled to arrive in Osaka on 30 March—one day after Britain is set to leave the European Union—it is unclear how customs barriers and logistics will impact the shipment without an FTA.