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23 Nov 2020

Be Prepared for Brexit: ACT and Prepare to Switch

The Irish Maritime Development Office in conjunction with the Department of Transport, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation and Department of Agriculture Food and Rural Development is encouraging the logistics and maritime transport sectors to ACT now (Assess, Communicate, Trial) and Prepare to Switch to direct routes to the Continent.


Since 2018, the Irish Government has highlighted the inevitability of delays at UK ports and strongly encouraged industry to assess their routes to market. Once again Irish industry need to assess their supply chain in preparation for disruption on the UK landbridge following the end of the transition period on December 31st.

There is maritime capacity available on both existing and new services to transport goods directly to Continental Europe across different modalities (ro-ro, con-ro, lo-lo) providing both accompanied and unaccompanied options.

These services represent reliable alternatives to the UK landbridge and direct ro-ro and con-ro services with spare capacity are leaving daily from Irish ports. This is in addition to a number of direct lo-lo services with capacity available.

Examine your supply chain and assess how direct services meet your needs.


Now is the time to communicate your requirements to shipping companies. There are multiple options to avail of new routes and new services. If there is a level of demand, shipping companies have demonstrated that they will respond to exporters needs given the existing and new capacity that has become available on direct routes to the Continent.

Communicate your needs now and the market will respond.


Work now with your logistics provider or shipping companies to trial new options well in advance of any changes post December 31st.

Now is the time to trial these options.


ACT and Prepare to Switch to direct services to the Continent to protect your route to market and to avoid disruption on the UK landbridge. This is especially important if:

• Your supply chain needs a lead in time to make alternative arrangements on the Continent;

• Your produce is time sensitive;

• Customs procedures will cause unmanageable delays and costs to your business;

• There is a risk to your business in switching routes and this needs to be trialled well in advance.


For a map of all Direct RoRo Services to the Continent click HERE

For a map of all Direct LoLo Services to the Continent click HERE

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