UK container terminals and European shortsea box carriers have enough capacity to handle some 20% of Dover’s trailer traffic, should alarmist predictions of post-Brexit congestion at the ferry port materialise.
According to new research from Drewry, the cargo in some 250,000 of the 2.5m trailers that cross the Channel every year could, instead, be stuffed into containers, moved on containerships and handled at UK box terminals. “Switching to shortsea containers would be feasible for some cargo. There is available port capacity, changed customs processes could be accommodated and there is a liquid charter market with availability of vessels,” says a study, published today.  The main three challenges to converting trailer traffic to containers are: port capacity, vessel capacity and the availability of boxes to carry the goods.
UK container terminals and European shortsea box carriers have enough capacity to handle some 20% of Dover’s trailer traffic, should alarmist predictions of post-Brexit congestion at the ferry port materialise.

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