Truckers in the Republic of Ireland are urging the Irish government to subsidize costly direct routes to the EU Continent, which have grown in popularity since Brexit. The Irish government has been asked by the Freight Transport Association of Ireland (FTAI) to use the Brexit Adjustment Reserve to reduce expenses.
In its proposal to the Irish government’s 10-year haulage strategy, the FTAI offered a recommendation. According to Aidan Flynn, the FTAI’s general manager, Brexit has hindered Ireland’s connectivity and capacity to fully participate as an EU member with continental Europe.
According to Flynn, hauliers often spend roughly €1,400 to €1,500 on a direct-to-EU route, which is twice as much as the traditional ‘land bridge’ route over Britain, which costs around €700 to €800. According to the FTAI, the subsidy should cover up to 30% of the cost.
Due to delays at ports and more paperwork, freight from Ireland is increasingly bypassing the land bridge. Brexit had also “significantly altered” trade between Ireland and the United Kingdom, according to estimates from the Irish Maritime Development Office, which showed a 29 percent decline in ferry freight in the first half of the year.