The State’s maritime development agency has stated that shipping companies will create more direct ferry services to mainland Europe if Brexit congests the key UK “land bridge” route.
Hauliers have said the increased frequency of sailings between Ireland and Cherbourg in France to a daily service from January was welcome but that it would not serve as a substitute to the speed and ease of transit currently, before Brexit comes into effect, over the land bridge.
Irishtimes.com reports on Liam Lacey, director of the Irish Maritime Development Office, urging importers and exporters shipping goods to and from Europe to “trial” direct routes between now and January when Brexit border checks begin to see if they work as alternatives for their supply chain.
EU-UK border checks from January mean that transport companies and hauliers face delays at British ports on the Irish Sea and English Channel, potentially disrupting the fastest and cheapest transit route currently between Ireland and mainland Europe.
Lacey acknowledged that Brexit-related delays on the land-bridge, jeopardising time-sensitive cargos, could force companies to change their business models and supply chains.