A new freight ferry route linking Ireland and France will open after the end of the Brexit transition period, offering a direct and paperless transport between EU countries.
Last Friday, DFDS, a Danish international shipping and logistics company, said it would start operating sailings on the route between Dunkirk and Rosslare on 2 January 2021. The company hopes the move is expected to reduce companies’ dependence on the UK land bridge and create new trade opportunities within the EU’s single market.
It would allow companies in the EU and Ireland to “transport their goods directly without the customs formalities and possible waiting times that the end of the Brexit transition period will bring about for road haulage passing through the UK,” said Peder Gellert, the company’s executive vice-president and head of the ferry division.
The route will link Ireland with some of its top export countries, which include Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and France. DFDS said that it will initially service the route with three ferries, each with a capacity for up to 125 lorries.