The Dublin Port Company has said that it will be fully prepared for any Brexit deal to happen next March, according to the Irish Examiner.
The group said it will be ready to guard Ireland’s main port against any effects of the UK potentiality crashing out of the EU sans agreement.
“We have begun construction of primary border control infrastructure to ensure that Dublin Port is prepared for whatever Brexit might throw at us,” said Dublin Port Company chief executive Eamonn O’Reilly.
“Our preparations are closely coordinated with the various State agencies who will have to carry out inspections on UK freight once Brexit happens.
“Having come through the worst of recessions from 2008, our volumes are already 23% higher than they were in 2007. In the timescale of port infrastructure projects, we need to press ahead with our infrastructure projects notwithstanding the uncertainties of Brexit.”
While total throughput in cargo volumes at the port has maintained strong growth this year, and with total passenger numbers growing by 3.3%, there was a 0.6% drop in ferry passengers and a 1.5% decline in tourist vehicles.
This was due to harsh weather conditions and lower numbers of UK visitors on the back of a Brexit-triggered volatility in sterling rates.
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