Transporting goods between Great Britain and the EU
Guidance has been published for hauliers and commercial drivers who move goods between Great Britain and the European Union from 1 January 2021, including documents required, new rules to manage traffic heading to ports and new border control processes
Defra outlined its planning assumptions for disruption at the border from January 1, known as the Reasonable Worse Case Scenario. This has not changed from September and Defra advice is that industry should plan for this scenario.
- Overall disruption is likely to last 6-12 months, with disruption to food and tightening of supply. Availability of some fresh products may be reduced. Likely to lead to increase in food prices, with an impact on vulnerable groups
- Borders: There will be delays at borders, especially on the Dover straits as waiting times may increase due to paperwork requirements. The Government will be putting in phased checks in this side of the Channel. They will be immediate other side of the Channel. Some checks from start of January this side. From January-March 2021, flow rates will be at 45-65% of current levels, rising to 50-70% after 6 months. Flow rates will take between 6-12 months to reach current levels, with delays and queues during peak times