High number of UK vehicles refused entry to France due to post-Brexit paperwork issues

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Large numbers of vehicles traveling from the UK to France have been denied entry or been delayed due to post-Brexit paperwork issues, logistics group DFDS said early this morning.

In a tweet today, DFDS said: “We are seeing a large number of refused and delayed vehicles in the ports of Calais, Dunkirk and Dover, due to the presentation of incorrect documents during check-in. ”

The post-Brexit trade deal signed last month means there are no tariffs on goods moving across the Channel to France, but new regulatory and customs controls apply.

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Since January 1, when the UK started life outside the EU, very few problems have so far been reported at ports like Dover, with minimal drivers returned for having suffered bad papers.

However, the burden of additional paperwork and new border rules for UK businesses became clear today after the Times reported that DPD courier halted deliveries to the continent.

Marks & Spencers also warned that its supply of Percy Pigs to Ireland was in jeopardy.

DPD has said it is temporarily suspending deliveries to Europe and the Republic of Ireland due to additional customs data requirements.

In addition, trade between the UK and the EU remained weak throughout the first week of January.

Commercial traffic across the Channel was below 20 percent of normal levels last Monday.

Many companies have stored goods in the last weeks of 2020 to avoid crossing the new customs border in the first week after Brexit.

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The news comes after French Prime Minister Jean Castex said Thursday evening that the border between France and the UK would remain closed “until further notice” as concerns grow over the spread of the new UK variant of Covid-19 in France.

Only certain categories of people are allowed to cross the border, including French citizens and truck drivers, provided they have a negative Covid-19 PCR test in the past 72 hours.

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