Transport of goods under COVID-19: joint declaration by the United Kingdom, France and Ireland


The United Kingdom, Ireland and France are linked by centuries-old trade that flourished in the most difficult times. Our collective well-being depends on those who transport cargo between our nations. These are crucial economic and social ties that we must maintain.

The current COVID-19 crisis poses a threat to the movement of goods if we do not act.

We recognize the importance of partnership between our nations during this difficult time. This is why we are making this joint declaration to affirm our desire to ensure that freight continues to circulate, which remains essential during this crisis.

Ireland has already announced intervention for certain critical routes on Ireland’s continental and southern corridors. The UK has announced support for critical routes to and from the UK. France intends to support these efforts during the COVID-19 crisis and thus contribute to maintaining ties with the European continent as a whole.

We started a dialogue between our three governments during this crisis to strengthen the partnership and share best practices. Residents, workers and businesses should be reassured by our common commitment.

Working together in partnership is important in these difficult times to help maintain freight between and across our countries.

Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, United Kingdom

Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, Minister of State for Transport, attached to the Minister for the ecological and inclusive transition, France

Shane Ross, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sports, Ireland


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