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© Paul Davies

While no one in the UK seems to have the faintest idea what is going to happen when the country leaves the EU next year – scenarios abound, of course, but frankly the future is murkier by the day – Irish transport interests are preparing for the worst. Dublin is preparing planning applications for a host of new customs checks at the port. Brexit is also predicted to lead to a surge of direct-from-Europe container traffic into the port – it currently handles around 1.3m unitised freight units a year and 200,000 of those currently come direct from Europe, a figure which is expected to jump to a million after March 2019.

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