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LONDON: November 22, 2018. Ireland may be the easiest route for couriers and truckers into the EU from Britain after Brexit, claims David Jinks, head of Consumer Research for UK express service company Parcel Hero:

“One way or another the Irish border question will be resolved, whether that means using the infamous ‘stop gap’ of continued EU membership, or new technology; and that means Ireland will offer perhaps the only friction-free border into the EU for UK businesses’ following a hard Brexit.

manfreight“Ireland could become the best gateway into Europe as traditional routes such as Dover-Calais become choked with Custom’s checks and red tape. Following a no-deal Brexit the M20 could become a lorry park.

“The Republic of Ireland’s couriers and logistics companies are already developing new ways to the EU avoiding traditional routes via the UK. This extra capacity could be utilised by UK companies whose goods have already been cleared, friction-free, at the Irish border.

“Additional services include Luxembourg-based CLdN with two mega vessels on new direct routes between Dublin and Zeebrugge and Rotterdam; Irish Continental Group has increased weekly freight capacity between Dublin and Cherbourg; and Brittany ferries has launched a new service between Cork and Santander, Spain.”

FW note: Last month The Irish Times accompanied 20 tonnes of frozen chickens from Northern Ireland to the east of England via Dublin to better understand what no border means to the logistics industry and British consumers – and what would happen if Customs procedures were reintroduced. Here’s the link: 20 tonnes

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