Panama Canal

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 22 February 2024.

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Photo of Neil Hudson Neil Hudson Conservative, Penrith and The Border

To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has made an assessment with Cabinet colleagues of the potential impact of trends in water levels in the Panama Canal on international trade.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Department of Business and Trade (DBT) are closely monitoring the Panama Canal situation. Nusrat Ghani, Minister for Economic Security, discussed the challenges of the Canal with the CEO of the Panama Canal on 16 February, including ongoing plans to tackle the situation. British industry are keen to be part of the long term solution.

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