Dublin Port chief executive Eamonn O’Reilly has said Brexit has spelled the end of the British “landbridge” transit route. New data shows a dramatic fall in lorry traffic with British ports. New border controls introduced at the start of last year following Britain’s departure from the European Union have led to a sharp decline in the road freight traffic through Dublin Port as businesses turn to direct ferry routes with mainland Europe to avoid post-Brexit red tape.
Full-year figures on freight volumes through Dublin Port Company in 2021 reveal the impact of Brexit on the once-favored “landbridge” route across Britain to and from mainland Europe.
The State’s busiest port recorded a 9 per cent drop in the number of roll-on, roll-off units – equivalent to 99,000 trailers – last year, while the number of lift-on, lift-off units increased by 10.2 per cent – or 43,000 containers – as more traders sought to ship goods directly with Europe.
The bulk of the decline in lorry traffic was due to a 90,000 reduction in the number of driver-accompanied trailers passing through Dublin Port during the year as more traders chose to ship goods in and out of the State by container rather than driver-accompanied trailers.
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