A new ferry service will soon operate between the Port of Poole and Morocco in order to “bypass post-Brexit traffic congestion and additional import procedures on goods arriving via Europe.”
In a statement on its website, the Port of Poole say the link will run once a week, in turn providing an alternative route for exporters from Morocco and Africa who currently use road networks to the UK via Europe. The ferry will be operated by United Seaways.
The Port of Poole argue that the new route will be attractive as it avoids two ferry crossings as well as “lengthy bureaucratic Brexit procedures”. It is said that the direct ferry will see Moroccan goods arrive in the UK after 3 days, compared to the 6 it takes via road.
The new route will be used to encourage British importers to source fresh produce and other products directly from Morocco and Africa, says the aforementioned statement.
Captain Brian Murphy, Marine and Port Director at Poole Harbour Commissioners, believes the new service represents an “exciting opportunity for UK, Moroccan and African importers and exporters.”
We are very excited to be hosting United Seaways’ brand-new roll-on-roll-off ferry service. It will reduce the time taken for goods to arrive by half and will see significant environmental benefits by reducing road freight. This is an exciting opportunity for UK, Moroccan and African importers and exporters, who are looking to develop existing and establish new business relationships. We will work closely with United Seaways to ensure this service is a huge success.