There is “more than sufficient capacity” in the private shipping sector to cope if the UK land bridge becomes an issue for Irish businesses after Brexit, the government has said.
Irish hauliers are likely to be impacted by customs and border controls when the UK formally leaves the EU at the end of the year.
The UK’s land bridge is a key route for Irish businesses accessing Europe, with about 150,000 trucks using it every year to access the continent. Delays are expected from 2021.
Eamon Ryan, the transport minister, this week said that the private shipping industry had “more than sufficient capacity” to deal with an increase in Irish trucks seeking to avoid the UK and travel directly to continental Europe by ferry.