Irish ports will especially notice Brexit tension

The port of Dublin is the main point of entry and exit for transport companies that carry products from Ireland to the European continent and vice versa. The UK’s exit from the EU means that trucks entering Irish ports will now have to undergo lengthy and bureaucratic checks, particularly in the areas of agriculture and food

“Shipments from the UK will be subject to two types of controls. All will pass customs controls and then certain categories of shipments will be subject to what we call sanitary and phytosanitary controls, SPS controls. These will apply to all live animals, plants and regulated plant products, animal products such as meat, milk, germ products, semen and embryos. They will also apply to animal by-products. That is, those not intended for human consumption, “explains Hazel Sheridan, from the Department of Agriculture.

England has always been a convenient land bridge for Irish transport companies transporting goods to and from Europe continental through numerous ports such as Calais and Rotterdam without restrictions.

200 kilometers from Dublin, the port of Rosslare is preparing for major changes to prepare for increased transport traffic. € 100 million is being spent on new access roads, car parks and infrastructure, while a Danish ferry operator is launching a new service of six departures per week from Rosslare to Dunkirk in France.

Glen Carr is Head of Operations for the Port of Rosslare: “We have also seen a significant increase in direct trips from Rosslare / Europort to continental Europe. Rosslare / Europort is the port [irlandés] closer to continental Europe and from January we will move from our current services, which are five a week, to continental Europe. We will increase that to 14 direct services per week from January, going to 15 in March “

Rosslare port management says your trips to Cherbourg and Bilbao in Spain may take longer, but will avoid long lines at ports in England that, in recent years, were easily accessible.

More than 100 million will be spent on building infrastructure to cope with the additional traffic here in the coming months. For many truckers moving goods to continental Europe will be a slow and uncomfortable journey. But Brexit is here and that inconvenience is going to be the new reality