New checks which have been introduced since Brexit came into force on January 1 were described as “inevitably taking additional time”, but this time could be minimised through the completion of necessary procedures in advance.
Meanwhile, freight volumes on routes to mainland Europe were up 100% on last year. A number of new direct services and routes to European ports have come on stream.
In January 2020, there were 12 weekly sailings to Northern France. This rose to 36 sailings to Northern France in January 2021.
In a statement, the Irish Government said departments and state agencies recognised the new trading arrangements with Great Britain represented the biggest change for trade and business in almost 50 years.
“While many are successfully continuing to trade with Great Britain, mainly as a result of their levels of preparation ahead of December 31, some businesses, large and small, are having difficulty, in some cases severe difficulty, adapting to the new system of controls,” it said.