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Irish freight traffic with Great Britain down, but thriving with EU

Freight traffic between Great Britain and Ireland has severely declined since the UK came out of the customs union in January this year. According to new figures published by the head of an Irish Sea freight ferry service, freight volumes between January and July for routes that connect Great Britain with Ireland and Northern Ireland are down 4 percent compared to last year.

Alaistair Eagles, CEO of Seatruck Ferries, noted that ports in the Republic of Ireland have seen freight volumes from Great Britain fall significantly. However, he also saw an almost double increase for the routes that connect Ireland with the EU – from 10 to 18 percent.

Figures from the first six months of this year revealed freight volumes for GB ports serving Ireland and Northern Ireland were down by up to 67 per cent in Fishguard, with another severe drop of 33 percent in Holyhead and a 14 percent decline in Pembroke.


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