Having installed infrastructure that will host future French state services (customs, sanitary and phytosanitary requirements), Eurotunnel has signed a partnership agreement with TLF Overseas (Union of Transport and Logistics Enterprises of France – Overseas Activities)
Last year more than 1.7M trucks with 22 Mt of freight travelled between the UK and continental Europe through the Channel Tunnel, representing over 25% of trade between the UK and the Continental EU.
The agreement with TLF Overseas will allow registered customs agents (RDEs) operating on behalf of customers to use a contact point at the Eurotunnel terminal in Calais.
This will be the interface between truck drivers, French customs, sanitary and phytosanitary services and RDE representatives. Hauliers will need to have completed their import and export declarations in advance and will benefit from a smooth service 24 hours a day, and the transporters will also see their drivers assisted and accompanied in providing any required documents.
“Always at the service of French importers and exporters, TLF Overseas and its member companies are ready to ensure maximum fluidity for trade through the Channel Tunnel,” said Herbert de Saint-Simon, Chief Executive Officer of TLF Overseas.
“Eurotunnel has chosen to offer a tailored service to its customers in order to facilitate their crossings and to make the Channel Tunnel a smart border,” said Jacques Gounon, Chairman and CEO of the Group.