The Port of Cork announced on Tuesday August 27th that it had doubled the size of its customs facilities in preparation for the likelihood that the UK would be departing the EU with a no-deal Brexit on October 31st.
The Port had concluded that if the UK were to leave the EU single market and customs union without an agreement it was likely that more intensive checks and declarations would be required and that such an outcome was likely to increase substantially the processing times at the border.
Port of Cork CEO Brendan Keating said that “the Port of Cork, including the new Cork Container Terminal, has made extensive preparations to ensure that importers’ and exporters’ operations from the Port run smoothly when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. Larger customs facilities will ensure that we can continue to ensure prompt vessel turnarounds and efficient supply chains without extended interruption from any additional administrative formalities.”
The Port of Cork is the second-largest port in the Republic of Ireland in terms of turnover. In 2018, the port handled traffic of 10.66m tonnes, including total container traffic of 228,762 TEU.