The first ferry arrived at Port Dublin (Ireland) under new trade rules after the end of the Brexit transition period.
Irish Ferries’ ship Ulysses docked at 5:55 am on January 1 with about a dozen trucks onboard, having sailed from Holyhead (Isle of Anglesey, Wales).
There were no delays as freight trailers cleared customs checks for the first time under the brand new rules.
Following 47 years as a EU member state, the UK left the bloc at 11:00 pm on New Year’s Eve (Dec 31), becoming the third country for trade purposes and customs declarations.
New documentation and red tape are now required between EU member states and Britain, which is expected to cause massive delays at ports during the coming weeks.
A small number of vessels arrived after 11:00 pm Thursday night, but they were covered by the previous arrangements.