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Irish Port Boosts Customs Services Ahead Of Brexit

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The Port Of Cork in Ireland has announced it intention to boost customs services to prepare for a no deal Brexit.

Following an assessment of historical data and a several simulation studies, the Port of Cork found that the a no-deal Brexit will require more rigorous customs checks and declarations, which will considerably increase border waiting and processing times.

Brendan Keating, Chief Executive of Port of Cork, said that the port, including the new Cork Container Terminal, has made comprehensive preparations so that importers and exporters can smoothly handle their port activities.

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Keating said, “Larger customs facilities will guarantee that we can continue to guarantee timely ship turnarounds and effective supply chains without prolonged disruption of any extra administrative formalities.

In terms of turnover, the Port of Cork is Ireland’s second largest port. The port managed 10.66 million tons of traffic in 2018, including 228.762 TEU.

A new terminal building is being built with an investment of USD $89 million, known as the Cork Container Terminal. It is expected to become operational by 2020.

The port is now working to prepare for Brexit with local and national customs and the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine.

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