9km Brexit tailback
A hard Brexit could lead to 9km tailbacks out of Dublin Port. Which is why the port company isn’t waiting for the results of the Brexit negotiations but is forging ahead with the construction of the new infrastructure it would need to handle additional customs checks starting next year.
“Our view always was that the British government has clearly said they are leaving the customs union and the single European market,” the company told The Irish Times. “We’ve taken that as our starting point here in Dublin Port. We have to be ready for March 2019.
The port posted record cargo volumes last year with the facility handing 36.4m tonnes of freight. Around 1.3m containers pass through the port every year.
The British port of Dover is facing permanent traffic jams extending 20 miles out starting March 2019 unless the government agrees to EU proposals for a Brexit transition period, warns Maritime UK, which represents the shipping industry and ports.
Image: Dublin Port