Companies can show the “Dunkirk spirit” by taking a new direct ferry to France

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British troops left Dunkirk in wartime, but the French port is set to become a valuable entry point for Ireland to mainland Europe following Britain’s departure from the EU.

Danish shipping company DFDS announced on Friday that a new daily service between Rosslare Europort and Dunkirk will bypass Britain and serve as another transit route to Europe for Irish importers and exporters.

This will allow them to avoid the expected Brexit-related border delays on the British landbridge route and to reduce the journey times for trucks disembarking at Cherbourg to important export markets for Irish companies in the Benelux countries. , Germany and beyond.

Travel certainty

The direct ferry, which takes between 22 and 24 hours, will not be faster than the land bridge, which can take 13 hours, but the certainty of the trip will help traders plan the transport of urgent goods and avoid unforeseeable delays in due to the need for EU-UK border controls from January 1st.

Arriving directly from Ireland to Dunkirk, which is approximately 15 km from the Belgian border, the service will provide Irish traders and transport companies with access to the main European motorway networks.

The Danish shipping company this morning announced the new roll-on, roll-off service for road freight and passengers in a statement to the Copenhagen Stock Exchange.

The company said the new ferry route, bypassing the UK after Brexit, would offer trucks and their drivers “direct, paperless transport between EU countries”.

The company said the port of Dunkirk “is a gateway to Ireland’s main export markets – France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands – and a host of secondary markets” .

Additional capacity has been chartered to deploy three freight and passenger ferries on the route which will be “a cost effective alternative to driving across the UK,” DFDS said.

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