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Brexit could see 9 km tailbacks at Dublin port

Brexit could see 9 km tailbacks at Dublin port

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Ireland’s largest port is bracing itself for severe logistical headaches in the wake of its neighbour, the UK, leaving the European Union.

With less than 18 months until Brexit, and negotiations between the UK government and Brussels stalling, Irish transport authorities are preparing for the worst case scenario, namely the UK leaving without any deal being thrashed out with its European counterparts. Ireland’s largest trading partner by some distance is the UK.

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce has warned Dublin Port could face 9 km of truck tailbacks and that the port might need 3 ha of extra space to cope with a full customs regime being reintroduced as a result of Brexit. Every year around 400,000 trucks head from Dublin to the Welsh port of Holyhead. The chamber is set to release a paper today looking at Irish transport infrastructure.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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