Jobs boom at Zeebrugge through Brexit

The decision by the people of the UK to leave the European Union is boosting employment in the Flemish port of Zeebrugge. The number of customs officers at Belgium's second port is set to double. Also in other leading Belgian ports, Antwerp and Ghent, more officers are being recruited.

Within a few months, in March of next year, Britain will be saying its adieus to the European Union. Zeebrugge will once again become an external border between Britain and the EU requiring customs checks and an awful lot of red tape. In all 141 new customs officers are being hired to do the extra work in Ghent, Antwerp and Zeebrugge.

Brexit's greatest impact is expected in Zeebrugge where 45% of the port's traffic is with the UK. Eighty new customs officers are being recruited here. Recruitment is in full progress. Customs are looking for people to check both goods and documents.