Freight traffic back to over 90 per cent of normal levels, say Port of Dover

Port of Dover bosses have announced that freight traffic is back up to over 90 per cent of normal levels.

They said the figures show “border systems are operating efficiently and customers are quickly getting on their way”.

Dover’s chief operations officer Sarah West said new IT systems at the border are allowing trade to “flow smoothly”.

“I’m really encouraged to see such a positive start to the New Year as we adapt to the new systems and processes involved in a new, post-Brexit transition era," she continued.

"Our operation has proved its resilience and flexibility in the past by successfully adjusting to many major changes in our external landscape and I have great confidence that it will continue to do the same.

"The message to hauliers is that as long as you come to Kent border ready and with a negative COVID test, then it won’t be long before you are on your way to France on the shortest ferry crossing.

"My thanks go to our team here at the Port, our partners and customers for ensuring that together, we are prepared.”

The Cabinet Office said GB-EU trade flows across all ports are running at 98 per cent of usual.

But Mr Gove admitted there have been problems with the Northern Irish border fix and it “isn’t working at the moment."

Source: Bloomberg