The Port of Hamburg is prepared for a ‘No Deal’ Brexit after the House of Commons rejected the Withdrawal Agreement on January 16, 2018, according to a statement.
The PTI reported on the rejection of the agreement, which sparked fresh uncertainty over the customs and trade relations between the UK and EU after the former leaves on March 29, 2019.
There have been concerns surrounding potential congestion and delays at key UK and EU ports, something that led to calls for increased investment in Britain’s port infrastructure from the British Ports Association (BPA).
In reacting to the latest development, the port says the “traditionally strong economic links with the United Kingdom” means making arrangements to ensure the continued traffic of goods is essential.
Under-Secretary of State Dr Annette Tabbara, Hamburg’s delegate in the German government and the EU, described the House of Commons’ vote as “regrettable” but also insisted preparations have been made.
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“The Port of Hamburg and our Customs and import controls are well prepared, and even for the eventuality that bottlenecks at ferry ports on the English Channel, in Antwerp or Rotterdam should cause re-routings to Hamburg,” Dr Tabbara said.
“For some months, for all those involved extensive training has been available in Hamburg on preparing for various Brexit scenarios.
“Apart from the necessary legal adjustments, we have devoted special attention to how we can minimize the risks for our citizens and business in Hamburg, as well as universities and research institutions.”