#dublinport - The worst of the potential fallout this year from Brexit has been avoided by Dublin Port even though its rate of expansion is down to the slowest pace for four years, despite a booming economy.
As The Irish Examiner writes, port trade in exports and imports as measured by tonnage rose 2.9% in the first six months of the year from a year earlier, the slowest since the 2% growth recorded in the first half of 2013 when the economic recovery was getting underway.
But the growth slowdown was not linked to the effects of Brexit but was due to a “leveling off after exceptional growth” of previous years, a spokeswoman said.
By tonnage, the port reported respective increases of 4.4% and 1.9% in exports and imports in the first half of the year, and a 5.4% increase in the number of roll-on-roll-off units, while lift-on-and-lift-off units, or Lo-Lo, rose by only 1.4%.
The number of ferry passengers rose 3.3% to over 775,865, and tourist vehicles increased 4.5% to almost 217,250.
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