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Eurotunnel "is ready for Brexit"

The Channel tunnel operator says it will "provide its customers with the fastest and simplest route across the Channel, no matter the outcome on 31 October"

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Eurotunnel "is ready for Brexit"

With goods valued at around £130B, Eurotunnel account for around 26% of the value of all goods traded between the UK and the rest of the EU.

 

For the 22 million passengers who use the Shuttle and Eurostar trains through the Tunnel, there will be no change to the immigration formalities they pass through today, says Eurotunnel. Additional VAT refund services will be available if needed on our terminals.

 

For goods, there will be new regulations in the event of a no deal, with a system of pre-declaration in the customs systems on each side of the Channel before trucks arrive on the terminals in Folkestone and Coquelles. To be ready to continue to offer the 5,000 trucks which pass through the Tunnel every day, Eurotunnel has invested in two so-called "pit stops" - one in Folkestone and one in Coquelles. These will consolidate all the checks and controls already conducted by Eurotunnel before boarding. In future these will also enable the scanning of customs documents. "These pit stops and their specially trained operators will check 20 trucks at a time in just a few short minutes."

 

The expression "pit stop" is of course intended to convey the notion of a very short dwell time.

 

Trucks that are declared "Green Route" by customs officials will cross exactly as they do today. For "Orange Route" trucks, that is trucks that the authorities want to check in more detail, the following will apply:

  • A new customs and sanitary/phytosanitary control zone has been built on the Coquelles terminal. Nine inspection bays and 100 parking places are available for the French authorities to check goods coming from the UK, without disrupting through traffic
  • The construction of a 240 space secure parking zone for trucks heading for the UK.
  • The creation of new "Eurotunnel Customs Support" jobs to help drivers get their paperwork in order for the controls, if needed.

"Following the visit by the two French and British ministers on Friday (30th August), Michael Gove and Gerald Darmanin, Eurotunnel is ready for Brexit no matter the outcome on 31 October," said the operator, which is providing more information using social media.

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