ABP, which handles trade worth around £150billion every year supporting 84,000 jobs, has vigorously opposed the plans.
A spokesman said: ”The UK is a maritime nation. Ports are a critical link connecting British businesses to global markets.
“The proposed EU Port Services Regulation will damage essential investment in the UK ports industry which, unlike ports elsewhere in Europe, is largely privately owned and privately funded.
“That’s why the nation’s ports have been united in opposing the regulation to protect investment, jobs and growth.”
Daniel Mahoney, the Head of Economic Research at the Centre for Policy Studies think tank, has warned that Brussels will “crucify the UK’s ports” if it presses ahead with the plans.
He said: “The UK must now insist that these new regulations do not apply to the UK’s thriving ports industry.”