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U.K. Warned That No-Deal Brexit Would Exacerbate Port Crisis

  • Hapag-Lloyd CEO fears months of administrative troubles
  • Ports association head says he’s hopeful Dover will reopen
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British Ports Wait for France to Re-Open Trade Routes
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U.K. port snarl-ups would be exacerbated in a no-deal Brexit, shipping giant Hapag-Lloyd AG warned as vital ferry links to France remained closed for a second day amid concern about a new coronavirus strain.

While Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is desperately trying to re-open the key truck-ferry route between France and Dover, the No. 1 entryway for sea containers at Felixstowe, east of London, is itself badly congested. That situation will likely worsen without a trade accord with the European Union by a Dec. 31 deadline, according to Hapag-Lloyd.