Post-Brexit shipping routes would mean spoiled Irish food
Irish food exporters highly exposed to customs issues at the Channel Tunnel in Dover
The European Commission has proposed new shipping routes between Ireland and mainland Europe after Brexit.
Proposed new shipping routes from the Republic to Belgium and the Netherlands after Brexit would increase transit times more than threefold, meaning Irish food would be spoiled before reaching the continent, hauliers have said.
About 80 per cent of all Irish goods exported to continental Europe go via the Channel Tunnel between England and France. Concerns have already been raised for Irish exports over long delays at the land bridge due to additional customs checks after Brexit.