Officials from State agencies have warned of potential delays at Dublin Port when the UK leaves the European Union tomorrow night. 

Representatives from Revenue, the Gardaí and the Departments of Agriculture and Transport have gathered at the port today to outline the plans in place to mitigate against disruption Brexit will bring in the coming days and weeks.

New traffic measures and infrastructure have been put in place and staff from the agencies will be on site 24 hours, seven days a week.

Dublin Port Company has completed €30m worth of works to increase the capacity of its internal road network and has also introduced new internal traffic management measures to keep traffic flowing through Dublin Port.

But even with additional road capacity and traffic management measures in place, it said that all operators and port users have their part to play to keep trade flowing and ensure that extreme contingency plans are not needed in response to congestion. 

This is especially so in the first 90 days of 2021, it cautioned. 

As part of Brexit preparations, eight inspection facilities were constructed for Customs and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine at six different locations in Dublin Port.

Dublin is already a busy port and the additional requirement for hauliers to move trailers between ferry terminals and these eight different facilities will increase traffic levels within the port for the same volume of cargo.

Eamonn O'Reilly, CEO of Dublin Port Company, said there is now 16,000 square metres of warehousing with 25 loading bays giving an annual capacity for well over 100,000 physical inspections of containers and trailers. 

"Delays because of Brexit border checks are inevitable, but congestion is not," Mr O'Reilly stated.

The improvements and changes to Dublin Port are detailed in a new booklet, Six Key Messages for Hauliers.