Dutch port storage in question for no-deal Brexit

As Brexit’s October 31st deadline approaches, the Telegraph has revealed that Dutch ports do not have enough customs officers, inspection points, or space to cope with a no-deal exit.

The Netherlands based its Brexit preparations around a worst-case scenario and planned accordingly. They aimed to recruit 920 customs officers, in addition to building 700 parking spaces and new inspection points.

This will not be the case, however, as only 550 officers will be ready for the October deadline. Additional parking spaces and inspection points have also not been completed, as investors pulled out of the project when Brexit was delayed from March.

Inspection facilities will be vital if a deal is not reached, as imported animals, plants, and food will need to be checked for disease as per EU regulations. Without enough inspection points, live animal imports may have to be scrapped. This will lead to significant disruptions for both sellers and buyers that rely on this commerce. To put the volume of live animal shipments into perspective, three entire shipments of breeding chicks alone arrive in Rotterdam a day.

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