European lorry drivers leave the UK empty-handed

February 08, 2021 - 107 views

On Wednesday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said there is a "good flow" of lorries between Dover and Calais. There were fears of long queues when the Brexit transition period ended on December 31, but the Cabinet minister insisted there is "no evidence" of major hold-ups between Britain and the European Union. 

He told the Commons Transport Select Committee: "The latest information is nearly 6,000 trucks a day (moving in each direction between Dover and Calais), which is probably now about 1,000 under where you might expect it to be at this time of year.

"It's somewhat difficult to be definitive in terms of what we'd expect, simply for the fact that there was a lot of stockpiling going on because there was a lot of concern about disruption, which hasn't materialised."

He said there is a "good flow" of lorries, with live footage of the entrance to Eurotunnel's Folkestone port showing there are "no great queues" and there is "no evidence that traffic is not flowing". 
Mr Shapps added that the problems with transporting goods in shipping containers are a worldwide issue.

He told the committee: "The ports are busy globally, with higher prices globally, but goods are flowing, and flowing at near-normal levels, which, given the pandemic and everything else going on, it's been miraculous."

The Port of Dover has also shared its final numbers for freight vehicles in January with a Brexit Briefing.

The numbers show that traffic is steadily returning to normality, with the last week of the month of January only 13 percent below the 2020 figure for the same period.

However, traffic does not necessarily give a comprehensive indication of the amount of trade between the UK and the EU.


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