The Port of Cork has doubled the size of its customs facilities with the goal of reducing processing times at the border in the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal. After an analysis of historical data and a few simulation studies, the Port of Cork concluded that the no-deal Brexit scenario will require more rigorous checks and declarations, which will significantly increase waiting and processing times at the border.
In terms of turnover, the Port of Cork is the second largest port in Ireland. It manages all types of ships such as bulk liquid, lift-on/lift-off (LOLO), bulk solid, roll-on/roll-off (RORO), breakbulk, and cruise. In 2018, the port managed 10.66 million tonnes of traffic, including overall container traffic of 228,762 TEU.
A new terminal building, known as the Cork Container Terminal, is being constructed with an investment of US$89 million. Fpcfreshtalkdaily.co.uk explains how the facility is scheduled to become operational by 2020. The port is now collaborating with local and national customs and with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to prepare for Brexit.