The Port of Dover has announced that border systems are now operating efficiently one month after the end of the Brexit transition period, with the Port welcoming more than 90 per cent of the typical freight traffic volumes for this time of year.
The Port itself handles up to £122 billion (or 17 per cent) of the UK’s trade in goods, facilitating up to 120 ferry movements a day and handling a maximum of 110 miles of lorries per day… more than all other ports in the UK combined.
Chief operations officer Sarah West spoke of how encouraging it is to see 2021 get off to such a positive start, as everyone adapts to the new way of working following Brexit.
“Our operation has proved its resilience and flexibility in the past by successfully adjusting to many major changes in our external landscape and I have great confidence that it will continue to do the same.
“The message to hauliers is that as long as you come to the Kent border ready and with a negative COVID test, then it won’t be long before you are on your way to France on the shortest ferry crossing,” she went on to say.
This comes after a survey carried out by the British Ports Association revealed that two-thirds of ports in the UK say they feel somewhat confident about the business outlook for the next 12 months.
The most commonly used word to summarise the outlook for 2021 was ‘challenge’, however, although many were also optimistic, with ‘positive’, ‘hope’ and ‘opportunity’ also mentioned frequently.
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