Cork signs Brexit-busting deal with Amsterdam

[ June 14, 2019   //   ]

The ports of Cork and Amsterdam International are to collaborate and share their expertise and experience to promote trade. The agreement, signed on 14 June in the presence of His Majesty Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Máxima, and the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag as part of a state visit to Ireland, could include areas such as port development, stakeholder management, ports logistics and mitigation of the impact of Brexit. Definitive themes will be decided over the next few months, said the port of Cork.

Brexit is expected to make trade through the UK more expensive and complex. This makes direct (shipping) connections to the European mainland more viable and Cork expects this to be accompanied by a shift from use of the land bridge to use of direct shipping connections with the Netherlands.

Managing Director of Port of Amsterdam International, Gert-Jan Nieuwenhuizen,  said: “We see many opportunities to work together with Port of Cork, the second largest port of Ireland. With an eye on developing partnerships, we look for ports that wish to exchange knowledge and that we can support in successful port development. We research scenarios, look at opportunities and seek to jointly capitalise on these opportunities.’

Chairman of the Port of Cork John Mullins added: “Our historical bond with the Netherlands makes that we know each other well, and our joint goals ensure a smooth collaboration. Port of Cork is making significant investments to keep developing the port and we have grand ambitions for our commercial position. We look forward to what this collaboration will bring to both ports.”