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Businesses can bypass the UK Landbridge by taking new direct ferry to France

By November 28, 2020No Comments

Danish shipping line to run daily service to French port from Rosslare

Danish shipping line DFDS announced on Friday that a new daily service between Rosslare Europort and Dunkirk that will bypass Britain and serve as another transit route to Europe for Irish importers and exporters.

It will allow them to avoid expected Brexit-related border delays on the UK “landbridge” route and shave hours off the journey for lorries landing at Cherbourg destined for important export markets for Irish companies in the Benelux countries, Germany and beyond.

Certainty of travel

The direct ferry, taking between 22 and 24 hours, will not be quicker than the landbridge, which can take 13 hours, but the certainty of travel will help traders plan the transport of time-sensitive goods and avoid unpredictable delays due to the need for EU-UK border checks from January 1st.

Arriving directly from Ireland into Dunkirk, which is some 15km from the Belgian border, the service will give Irish traders and transport companies access to major European motorway networks.

The Danish shipping company announced the new roll-on, roll-off service for road freight and passengers this morning in a statement to the Copenhagen stock exchange.

The company said that the new ferry route, bypassing the UK after Brexit, would offer trucks and their drivers “direct and paperless transport between EU countries.”

The company said that the port of Dunkirk “is a gateway to Ireland’s top export markets – France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands – and a host of secondary markets.”

Additional capacity has been chartered to deploy three freight and passenger ferries on the route that will be “a cost-efficient alternative to driving through the UK,” DFDS said.

“There will be no customs formalities or possible waiting times that the Brexit transition potentially may bring about for trucks passing through the UK.”

The route is expected to generate revenues of €40 million in 2022 and is joined owned by Irish interests with the company overseeing the route led by managing director Aidan Coffey.

Responding to news of the route Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said: “We’re working hard to minimise disruption and delays for hauliers using the Britain landbridge to get to the continent next year. But alternatives like this new direct connection by sea will help.”

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