Almost two hundred trucks used the Channel Tunnel “smoothly” during the night from Thursday to Friday after the UK left the European internal market and customs formalities were reintroduced, a spokesman for operator Getlink confirmed.
All trucks have completed the formalities required by Brexit, none have been rejected, or that is what it sounded like. These formalities began at midnight. A first convoy from Great Britain was also able to disembark without any problems. During the morning, trucks will also cross the ferry.
First British ferry in the port of Calais
The first ferry from Great Britain since Brexit also docked in the port of Calais on New Year’s morning. There were dozens of trucks on board that passed through customs with ease. P&O Ferries ‘Pride of Kent’ docked around 9:15 a.m. On board were 36 truck combinations that were embarked in Dover. Three of the trucks were ordered to stop and undergo additional checks.
As a result of the so-called “smart border” agreements introduced by the French authorities in order to keep queues to a minimum, the airlines have provided information on their cargo in advance. This shows whether the truck can continue driving immediately or whether additional checks are required.
No ferries were docked earlier in the day. Due to the New Year, the transport flows started later than usual during January 1st. On the previous Friday, the first trucks drove through the Channel Tunnel without any problems.
Around 70 percent of trade between the United Kingdom and the European Union goes through the French ports of Calais and Dunkirk. An average of 60,000 passengers and 12,000 trucks per day pass through these ports.