The port of Hamburg is prepared for a United Kingdom exit from the European Union, even should Brexit occur without any deal with the EU. For the time being, the rejection of an exit deal by the British House of Commons, on January 17, has no further repercussions on preparations in Hamburg for Brexit.
Specifically, according to the port’s statement as port of Hamburg has a long economic relation with the UK, it is of a big importance for the former to arrange its product transmit with Great Britain as smooth as possible.
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In addition, Torsten Sevecke, State Secretary of the Ministry for Economy, Transport, and Innovation stated
The Port of Hamburg and our Customs and import controls are well prepared, and even for the eventuality that bottlenecks at ferry ports on the English Channel, in Antwerp or Rotterdam should cause re-routings to Hamburg.
Also, veterinary offices are well prepared to provide additional advice and checks that a possible no-deal Brexit would require in the port.
Moreover, Annette Tabbara, Under-Secretary of State and the Free and Hanseatic City’s delegate with the German government and the European Union, and for foreign affairs, stated that especially for Hamburg’s perspective the rejection of an agreement is regrettable.
Yet, the Senate is well-prepared for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.