Ports of Normandy ‘Brexit-ready’
At a time of on-going uncertainty, the Ports of Normandy is continuing its preparations for Brexit, hoping to turn the situation into a development opportunity.
President Hervé Morin has been travelling to Brussels, London and Ireland to determine a precise picture of the situation to better prepare the port.
More than 1.7m passengers, 500,000 vehicles and 160,000 heavy goods vehicles travel between the UK and France through the ports of Caen-Ouistreham, Cherbourg and Dieppe. The Ports of Normandy and its operators, Caen-Normandy CCI, Port de Cherbourg SAS and the Régie du Port de Dieppe, have joined forces with customs authorities and the border police to take measures to ensure the free flow of both traffic and passengers.
These measures have been approved and are fully operational and ready to be put into action.
The port authorities believe that Brexit uncertainty has caused a ‘wait and see’ approach to leisure activities and holidays on the Continent, with passenger numbers only up 1.5% at the end of May. Freight figures were more positive with a 6.5% rise in traffic from the UK thanks to a customs service decision to ‘work to rule’ on the Dover Straits earlier this year together with British stockpiling to mitigate the effects of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
Next steps include upgrading border inspection services and the completion of civil engineering work at Cherbourg. Despite work still to be done, the Ports of Normandy are confident that they are ‘Brexit ready’.
By Rebecca Strong
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