Channel ports: Up to 85% of lorries travelling to France will not be ready for new customs rules

the Yellowhammer report

Chaos at the border could last for up to three months after a no-deal before it eases slightly — but the flow of lorries may still be half of its current level by January. The Yellowhammer document reveals that up to 85% of lorries travelling through the main Channel crossings “may not be ready” for French customs on the day of departure. In a “reasonable worst-case scenario”, the disruption could leave HGVs facing maximum delays of 1 1/2 -2 1/2 days.

This will be of particular concern for perishable goods such as food and some medicines.

Such delays will have a knock-on effect, even potentially leading some companies to quit these routes. “HGVs that are caught up in congestion in the UK will be unable to return to…

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