Eurotunnel prepares for Brexit


Eurotunnel is preparing for Brexit by making some changes which aim to reduce the impact on customers, no matter the outcome on 31 October. Around £130bn of goods pass through the Channel Tunnel each year, equivalent to 26% of trade between the UK and the EU.

For goods, there will be new regulations in the event of a no deal, with a system of pre-declaration in the customs systems on each side of the Channel before trucks arrive on the terminals in Folkestone and Coquelles.

The company has invested in the creation of two pit stops, one in Folkestone and one in Coquelles, which regroup all the checks and controls already conducted by Eurotunnel before boarding. In future these will also enable the scanning of customs documents. These pit stops and their specially trained operators will check 20 trucks at a time in just a few minutes.

Trucks which are declared by Customs officials will cross exactly as they do today. However, Eurotunnel has made further investments in zones for trucks that the authorities want to check in more detail. This includes the following:

  • A new Customs and Sanitary/Phytosanitary control zone that has been built on the Coquelles terminal. Nine inspection bays and 100 parking places are available for the French authorities to check goods coming from the UK, without disrupting traffic.
  • The construction of a 240-space secure parking zone for trucks heading for the UK.
  • The construction of new Eurotunnel Customs Support jobs to help drivers get their paperwork in order for the controls, if needed.

Source: Getlink Group