Whilst everyone in freight and logistics concerned with the European market is concerned as to the position of Ro-Ro ferry traffic post Brexit, very little has been mentioned regarding the route which handles over one quarter of trade between Britain and the EU, the Channel Tunnel.
The tunnel sees over 1.7m trucks carrying 22m tonnes of cargo passing through it annually and, for the past two years, Eurotunnel says it has been pre-empting the impact of Brexit on the flow of goods and putting in place new measures to maintain the flow of trade and customers’ travel at the European Union border.
After developing infrastructure that will host future French state services (customs, sanitary and phyto-sanitary requirements) Eurotunnel has signed a partnership agreement with the Union of Transport and Logistics Enterprises of France-Overseas Activities (TLF Overseas). This organisation covers all trades in the freight transport and logistics chain, representing half of the top 100 rated French logistics groups.
This agreement will allow registered customs agents (RDEs) operating on behalf of customers to benefit from a contact point at the Eurotunnel terminal in Calais. These RDEs will be the interface between truck drivers, French customs, sanitary and phyto-sanitary services and RDE representatives. Jacques Gounon, Chairman and CEO of Eurotunnel said the tailored service would facilitate crossings making the Channel Tunnel a smart border.
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. Herbert de Saint-Simon, Chief Executive Officer of TLF Overseas, commented:
“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.”