Ireland's port of Cork prepares for Brexit by doubling size of customs facilities
IRELAND's port of Cork has doubled the size of its customs facilities in a bid to shorten processing times at the border, in the event the United Kingdom exits the European Union without a deal
IRELAND's port of Cork has doubled the size of its customs facilities in a bid to shorten processing times at the border, in the event the United Kingdom exits the European Union without a deal.
Port authorities are of the opinion that a 'no-deal Brexit' will require more rigorous checks and declarations, which will significantly raise waiting and processing times at the border. This conclusion was reached after an analysis of historical data and a few simulation studies, reported FreshPlaza.
The port is now collaborating with local and national customs and with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to prepare for Brexit.
The port of Cork is the second largest port in Ireland in terms of turnover. It manages all types of ships such as bulk liquid, lift-on/lift-off, bulk solid, roll-on/roll-off, breakbulk and cruise.
A new terminal building, known as the Cork Container Terminal, is being built with an investment of US$89 million. The facility is scheduled to commence operations by 2020.
In 2018, the port handled 10.66 million tonnes of cargo, including overall container volumes of 228,762 TEU.