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Robert.Jervis_43227 Dec 29

CLdN sees opportunities for modal shift

Renaissance for unaccompanied freight
CLdN has welcomed the recently closed Brexit deal, bringing relief to its customers, as tariff and quota free trade of goods between the EU and the UK seems to be safeguarded.

However, there should be no misunderstanding within the market that despite the trade deal customs formalities will apply as from January 1st. There appears to be a general misconception that with this recent trade deal the import and export formalities will no longer apply.

For this reason, CLdN urges all parties trading between the continent and the UK, to continue their efforts preparing for customs formalities when the transitional period ends on 31 December 2020. The Free Trade Agreement generally avoids import duties on goods shipped, but this does not mean that the full export and import processes including all messaging with community platforms, clearing of cargoes, data requirements, border inspections, etc. will be waived.

On a positive note, CLdN believes that the Brexit deal will provide a further boost for (customers of) driver accompanied freight operators to switch to unaccompanied freight transport. This is so because the EU and UK have now agreed to reduce the amount of loaded voyages a non-UK driver can perform in the UK from three to two trips before he has to return back to the EU, which will severely impact the accompanied freight business model. Further, delays at the border due to additional border and customs formalities, including Covid testing of drivers, will certainly have a long term effect on the operating costs of the driver accompanied operator.

As a result, CLdN witnesses how more and more operators are shifting to its unaccompanied North Sea crossings. By deploying additional freight capacity CLdN has and will be accommodating additional customer demand going forward and will be assisting operators to set up their unaccompanied service by matching them with UK and EU hauliers.

With little time left before the first of January 2021, CLdN would like to call on all stakeholders to speed up their Brexit preparedness so it can guarantee a continued good service for existing and new customers.

European short Sea Ro-Ro specialist CLdN Ro-Ro SA, who operate 30 plus modern Ro-Ro vessels, offering in excess of 130 sailings per week between the ports of Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, London, Humberside, Liverpool, Dublin, Cork, Gothenburg, Esbjerg, Santander and Porto.

CLdN’s core services have traditionally been the Continent / UK, which commenced in December 1974, have steadily expanded their geographical presence into new markets, including Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Portugal and Spain in recent years.

CLdN currently handle on an annual basis, in excess of 1 million cargo units and following an investment in larger vessels and ports, current trades are being expanded, and new routes developed