After seeing the resignation of its Minister and Brexit Negotiator in mid – December, this is another resource that the British Government is visibly missing out on: cross-channel traffic. In fact, in 2021, trailer traffic between Cherberg (Manche) and Ireland tripled as a result of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, which included new customs formalities with the former member state. Better than a ride Way Neighboring British Island is considered the direct and longest ocean axis between France and Ireland. “More competitive“Rather than passing through England, it says in a statement from a French port published at the end of December.
“As of January 1, 2021, Cherberg Port had grown from 33,888 trailers by the end of December 2020 to 100,000 by the end of December 2021.“, Port details. As a result,”In 2021, Port Cherberg recruited 7 dockers on permanent and 12 permanent contracts. Traffic development and the quality of their work will enable them to make their contracts permanent in 2022.“
Similarly, the number of unattended trailers has doubled (from about 20,000 to 45,000), the press release said.
Trailer transport did not compensate for the reduction in passenger traffic
The results of the cross-channel and trade operations of the port of Cherbourg were similar. “Thanks for the rebalanced (…) collection Multiply by three Good results in trailer traffic to Ireland and Marine Renewable Energy traffic “, Press service of Ports of Normandy, a mixed union that controls the ports of Cherbourg, Oystreham and Depe.
even though, “The three-fold increase in trailer traffic to Ireland did not compensate for the drop in passenger numbers with England, which was very strong“From the beginning of Kovid, the same source clarifies.
Cherbourg port offers “One of the shortest sea routes between Ireland and the mainland, averaging 17 hours of crossing time“It’s 6 hours longer than arriving in Calais via England, the press release said.
Three companies offer connections between Cherberg, Rosler or Dublin: Stena Line, Irish ferries and Brittany ferries.
Ambush rival ports
Cherberg is not the only company competing with other ports to benefit from these new direct links. In Le Havre, a quarter of a century after the departure of Irish ferries, Brittany ferries re-launched a weekly line (on November 12) for freight traffic with the Connemara.
Including all ports, Brittany ferries recorded a 70% increase in freight traffic between France and Ireland in the first eight months of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020.
The Danish company DFDS offers a line between Ireland and Dunkirk (north).
SMEs importing English were fined
In this context of losses to British ports, the question of importing European products into Great Britain also arises. The agreement with Brussels actually provides for the retention of Northern Ireland in the European Union and thus the protection of the 1998 peace treaty. From Great Britain. For British SMEs waiting for delivery, the red tape is enough to increase.
If she didn’t expect it “Large truck traffic jams at ports or borders“Judges of the British Federation of Food Industries (FDF)”It is inevitable that companies will face problems“In some cases it is possible”Completely block deliveries from EU suppliers, at least temporarily“.
What should provoke the wrath of the “units” claiming Northern Ireland’s membership in the United Kingdom? Moreover, the idea of a bridge connecting Great Britain with the British province of Ireland At the end of the year the North rose again. But a new feasibility study has buried the idea raised by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. it should “About 30 years“To enable such a crossing, the experts concluded.
According to the current timetable of the British authorities, full customs declarations and certain restrictions will be introduced from January 1, as well as advance notice is required for the import of sanitary and phyto-sanitary products.
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