Osnabrück / Bremerhaven / Hamburg (dpa) – The German ports on the North Sea are well equipped for a possible hard Brexit end of October.

«The local staff is trained accordingly. Buffering areas were created. If there should be a backlog of goods, we would have no problems catching up, "said the managing director of the marketing company Seaports of Niedersachsen, Timo Schön, of the" Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung ".

In the long term, Schön sees the exit of the British from the EU also opportunities for the ports of Lower Saxony. These would be ready as reliable partners should traffic routes be relocated.

In the two major German ports of Bremerhaven and Hamburg, the port chiefs are also looking forward to the upcoming Brexit. Bremerhaven does not expect any dramatic effects. The transshipment of cars to the UK go mainly on Zeebrugge, said Bremen Sports spokesman Holger Bruns. Every year around 2.3 million cars are handled in Bremerhaven. The United Kingdom has a share of two percent in the total turnover, putting it in 15th place.

Even in the largest German port of Hamburg, the transhipment companies and the customs are not faced with oversized problems, even if there are imponderables. The UK volume accounts for only 3.1 percent of total port handling. Of this, a considerable part is attributable to empty containers. Every year, about 30,000 standard containers (TEU) were loaded in both directions, which would be statistically about 82 additional containers per day to be handled. "This is feasible in customs clearance in the daily routine of the Port of Hamburg," expects the Customs. The United Kingdom ranks 14th among the trading partners of the Port of Hamburg for container handling.

In Niedersachsen, nine ports are operated by the Universalhafengruppe: Brake, Cuxhaven, Emden, Leer, Nordenham, Oldenburg, Papenburg, Stade and Wilhelmshaven. They beat less goods than Hamburg or Bremen. However, the two major ports are more geared to overseas traffic.