Backstop would check just nine trucks a day
The backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement would require checks on just nine trucks a day, according to calculations by the NI Retail Consortium, Manufacturing NI and the Freight Transport Association based on data from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.
Of the 425,639 goods vehicles that entered Northern Ireland from Britain in 2017, 297,947 or about 70% contained food products. If the UK leaves the EU under the terms of Theresa May’s deal, those vehicles would be assigned a 1% risk profile, the same afforded to shipments from New Zealand that are aligned to EU rules.
That would equate to 2,979 goods vehicles needing to be inspected each year – an average of eight to nine trucks a day.Most of the checks would be carried out at Cairnryan, from where 15 ships sail to Northern Ireland each day. Another seven ships sail from Liverpool and Heysham.