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UK Government Preparing For A ‘No Deal’ EU Exit

The UK government has prepared two guides if the country leaves the EU without an agreement on 29 March 2019: a guide for importing, and a guide for exporting.

A hard rexit means that UK businesses will have to apply customs, excise and VAT procedures to goods traded with the EU, in the same way that already applies for goods traded outside of the EU.

Trading partners in the EU will also have to apply customs, excise and VAT procedures to goods received from the UK, in the same way that they do for goods received from outside of the EU.

More can be found in these two guides:

Brittany Ferries: Good Summer But Brexit Uncertainty Dents Demand For 2019

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Brittany Ferries can look back on an encouraging summer season. However the company has also raised the alarm. Noting a fall in demand for family holidays next summer, it has warned of serious consequences for international tourism and the regions it serves if a Brexit deal does not bring certainty and the free movement across borders enjoyed by customers today.

The figures:

  • In Q3, passenger traffic rose by 2%.
  • Strongest performance on Cork-Roscoff (pax + 9%)
  • Portsmouth-Caen (which carries around 30% of passengers) pax +2% rise.
  • Plymouth-Roscoff (-1%)
  • Cherbourg-Portsmouth (-9%) because a shorter season for the summer-only high-speed service with NORMANDIE EXPRESS.
  • Freight volumes (-5%)

French Industry Leaders Ask France To Stop Dreaming About Brexit

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Several leaders of big maritime companies and ports have submitted an article regarding the Brexit. Familiar name is Jean-Marc Roué, big boss of Brittany Ferries.Other co-authors are representing the Port of Cherborg, Port of Caen, Port of Le Havre, Chamber of Commerce of Normandie, etc.

“France, stop dreaming!” is the urgent request from the industry leaders. “Don’t see Brexit as an opportunity!” Indeed it seems that Paris is looking with envy at London’s position as financial heart, and the hope is that after Brexit Paris can get a piece of this cake.

The leaders write that a hard, no-deal Brexit, would hit the regions facing the Channel.

Until now, freedom of movement of goods and people have created a healthy regional economy. The Brexit is a threat to everything that has been acquired.

The leaders ask that the French State helps them to put as fast as possible the necessary infrastructure in place, without the usual substantial administrative procedures. There is no time to lose. Ferry operators and ports need to be able to adapt the ports for making a smooth transportation flux possible, since the UNited Kingdom will become a non-EU country.

French Ports Cut Out Of EU Trade Route After Brexit

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French ports were excluded from European Commission plans for a new shipping route linking Ireland with the Continent post Brexit — potentially preventing them from accessing billions of euros in EU grants.

The Commission adopted a proposal to revise the routing of one of its strategic transport corridors to connect Dublin and Cork with the Belgian ports of Zeebrugge and Antwerp and the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, to channel trade directly from Ireland to mainland Europe after Brexit.

Comment from Ferry Shipping News: Jean-Marc Roué, President of French Shipowners and Brittany Ferries is shocked by the intention to exclude the ports in Brittany and the English Channel, and says action needs to be taken to change the plans.


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Port of Zeebrugge Will Become Entirely Brexit Proof

Ferry Shipping News visited Port of Zeebrugge’s CEO, Mr Joachim Coens, for an interview.

Mr Coens was one of the distinguished speakers at our Ferry Shipping Summit in Amsterdam.

Unsurprisingly the main subject of the conversation was the importance of the United Kingdom as a trading partner, its ro-ro services, and the issues around the Brexit.


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As The Clock Ticks, Brexit Frustration Is Growing

CEO Port of Zeebrugge, Joachim Coens, and Deputy CEO Port of Calais Benoit Rochet paid a visit to the British House of Commons on June 5, for a session about “UK’s economic relationship with the European Union”. The Belgian and the French Port demand urgent clarity on what will happen post-Brexit in order to secure a smooth transition.

Mr Coens asked for clarity about the transition period. “The transition period of two years is fine, provided we know from the beginning of that transition period what we have to do. We cannot be ready if there is uncertainty in the transition period.”

Some of the hot topics outlined by Mr Coens:

  • The need for a good and comprehensive trade agreement EU-UK.
  • Preserve current free movement of goods as much as possible.
  • Guaranteed efficient and fast transit of – European and international – goods through the port.
  • No import duties – minimal non-tariff barriers.
  • EU and UK customs administrations need to start preparing and cooperating.

“We know there is Brexit but we don’t know exactly what Brexit means,” said Port of Calais CEO Benoit Rochet.