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Baltic Sea carriers hit by increased border control

Decisions to increase ID control at various Baltic Sea borders will impact passenger and RoRo carriers in the region. Finnlines will have to handle ID controls on its own while Scandlines escapes for now as Danish police will handle the task. At least, at first.

Following Sweden's decision to implement increased border control and Denmark's move to tighten control at the Danish-German border, Baltic Sea passenger carriers like HH Ferries between Denmark and Sweden and Scandlines between Germany and Denmark are feeling the impact of the migrant flow in Europe. Also Finnish RoRo and passenger carrier Finnlines will perform documentation checks beyond mere passport and ID controls to ensure, as per the government's instructions, that passengers have the necessary paperwork in order to enter Finland.

The increased border control is part of the efforts to stem and control the massive migrant flows into North Europe, and the measure could result in significant costs for carriers, as they will have to spend time, resources and employees on checking all passengers before departing.

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