As we enter the most crucial period in the great Brexit debate of Deal – No Deal, we want to issue a quick note to reassure our customer in Ireland and Europe, that we are as prepared, as one can be, for a no deal Brexit (should it happen).
- Our Spanish & Portuguese services are DIRECT services between both countries (Bilbao-Spain and Porto-Portugal) and Ireland with NO TRANSIT THROUGH THE UK – WE EXPECT NO DELAYS SHOULD OCCUR UNDER ANY BREXIT.
- Our Italian Intermodal service comes by Rail from Novara (Italy) to Rotterdam and then by Ship from Rotterdam straight to Dublin, with NO TRANSIT THROUGH THE UK – WE EXPECT NO DELAYS SHOULD OCCUR UNDER ANY BREXIT.
- Our Italian Trailer services in the majority of cases come on the Direct Ferries from Cherbourg (France) to either Dublin or Rosslare, with NO TRANSIT THROUGH THE UK – WE EXPECT NO DELAYS SHOULD OCCUR UNDER ANY BREXIT.
- A small number of Italian trailers will still transit the UK, (due to Ferry capacity issues on the Cherbourg-Ireland Direct route), under an EU/UK approved Transit System, some delays at French and UK Ports may occur but your cargo will not be inspected or touched, as it will travel under European Customs documentation.
- Our French services will in the main use the Direct Ferry services from Cherbourg to Dublin or Rosslare, with NO TRANSIT THROUGH THE UK – WE EXPECT NO DELAYS SHOULD OCCUR UNDER ANY BREXIT.
- Our Northern European Chilled services; Belgium, Holland, Germany, will continue to transit the UK, but will transit through it under an EU/UK approved Transit System. Some delays may occur at the Ports but your cargo will not be inspected or touched, as it travels under European Customs documentation.
Our Northern European General Cargo services come on the Direct Ship between Rotterdam and Dublin, with NO TRANSIT THROUGH THE UK – WE EXPECT NO DELAYS SHOULD OCCUR UNDER ANY BREXIT.
We are investigating Direct Ferry services from Zeebrugge to Dublin which will mean NO TRANSIT THROUGH THE UK.
DIRECT FERRIES EX EUROPE TO IRELAND.
At the moment and until the Brexit picture becomes clearer, Direct Ferries from France and Belgium, have very little capacity and can be overbooked days in advance. From our conversations with the Ferry companies, they have plans in place to put additional capacity in service but will not do so until we know what type of Brexit we have. We will keep you informed of developments as and when additional Ferries are put in place.
NORTHERN IRELAND CUSTOMERS.
All part load/groupage traffic for our Northern Ireland customers will ship to either Dublin and/or directly to our Northern Distribution base near Banbridge. As no official decision has been made, it will be business as usual until we are all informed otherwise. Some full load freight will ship directly to Belfast and we have arrangements in place to arrange customs clearance for all shipments, both full loads, part loads and groupage. Essentially, we are as prepared to handle your shipments as we can be, under any Brexit scenario.
FRENCH CUSTOMS BREXIT PLANS
We understand from our French partners that French Customs will be implementing a Pre Brexit type Post Brexit Scenario! which will be in place for approx. 4 weeks between now and 31st. October. Our understanding is that they are doing this to show the UK the impact that Brexit will have on Cross Channel transit etc. If this happens it may mean long queue’s at Calais and Dover with some disruption to services. However, like everything Brexit related, it has not been confirmed 100 % as yet. We will keep you updated as and when it happens.
In this very fast moving and confusing atmosphere, we will endeavour to keep you up to date with any changes happening. Should you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact any of the Sales Team.
Alan Hoyne/Managing Director