Ports of Normandy says that it is Brexit Ready

Apr 8, 2019   Supply Chain

Despite all the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and its implementation, Ports of Normandy and government services have organised themselves to enable traffic to continue to flow in the best conditions at all three ports: Caen-Ouistreham, Cherbourg and Dieppe.

The organisational set-up was presented by Hervé Morin, President of Normandy Council and President of Ports of Normandy, and Laurent Fiscus, Prefect of Calvados, supported by Caen-Normandy CCI, concession holder of the cross-Channel terminal at Ouistreham, government customs and the Normandy Regional Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Forestry (DRAAF) services, and in the presence of Joël Bruneau, President of Caen la Mer, and Romain Bail, Mayor of Ouistreham. 


Every year, more than 1.7 million passengers, 500,000 light vehicles and 158,000 HGVs travel between the United Kingdom and France through the Ports of Normandy cross-Channel terminals. Brexit will affect 1 million passengers, 250,000 light vehicles and 100,000 HGVs, or 2.7 million tonnes of goods, just at the port of Caen-Ouistreham, the third busiest cross-Channel port in France. Figures aside, it is clear that the commercial stakes are pretty high for the Normandy economy. 


That is why steps have been taken to manage these flows in the best possible conditions, with minimal impact on the free flow of traffic. Ports of Normandy and its concessionaires (Caen-Normandy CCI at Ouistreham and Port de Cherbourg SAS) have joined forces with Normandy regional Prefecture and the prefectures of Calvados, La Manche and Seine-Maritime, and government customs, border police and DRAAF services to set up facilities that are already fully operational and ready to be put into action as soon as Brexit comes into force. 


The facilities mainly consist of buildings fitted out to house veterinary and phytosanitary border inspection services (SIVEP), customs control stations, car parks, modular buildings for domestic animal controls, signposting, etc.


Not wishing to waste public money, Hervé Morin thought it best to install scalable facilities, which could be adapted should Brexit happen, and would remain adjustable over the first weeks of use. 


“I am delighted that the European Commission has approved virtually all the facilities installed. It shows the outstanding ability of Ports of Normandy and its concessionaires, Caen-Normandy CCI and Port of Cherbourg SAS –whose hard work I can but admire –to remain flexible and adaptable in the drive to make our three ports even more competitive. For us, Brexit is not a constraint but a real business opportunity that may lead to a significant increase in traffic,” declared Hervé Morin. 


“As anticipated in the French government’s plan on preparing for Brexit, government services in Calvados have stepped up to the mark: they have supported Ports of Normandy throughout the process to smooth the way for new buildings to be constructed, and the planned-for extra personnel are already on-hand at the port. From vets to customs officers, they are all in place and ready for Brexit”, added Laurent Fiscus.

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