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The Republic of Ireland's second largest seaport has doubled the size of its customs facilities in preparation for the likelihood that the UK will depart the EU with a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.
"After close examination of historical data and several simulation studies," the Port of Cork wrote in a press release, "[we] concluded that if the UK leaves the EU single market and customs union without an agreement it is likely that more intensive checks and declarations will be required. Such an outcome is likely to substantially increase processing times at the border."
Brendan Keating, Chief Executive, the Port of Cork, commented, "The Port of Cork, including the new Cork Container Terminal [to become operational in 2020], has made extensive preparations to ensure that importers' and exporters' operations from the port run smoothly when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union."
He furthered, "Larger customs facilities will ensure that we can continue to ensure prompt vessel turnarounds and efficient supply chains without extended interruption from any additional administrative formalities.""The Port of Cork has regularly reviewed the impact of various forms of Brexit on our activities, and we are working locally and nationally with Customs and with the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine to ensure that we are Brexit ready," Capt. Paul O'Regan, Chief Operations Officer, the Port of Cork, added.