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Channel Tunnel concessionaire Eurotunnel is prepared for the UK’s scheduled departure from the European Union on October 31 ‘no matter the outcome’, it said on September 2.
The company said there would no change to immigration formalities for the 22 million passengers/year who use Shuttle and Eurostar services. Additional VAT refund services would be available at the terminals if needed.
For goods, there would be new regulations in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, with customs predeclarations on each side of the Channel before trucks arrive at the Folkestone and Coquelles terminals.
Eurotunnel has made investments to enable it to continue to handle the 5 000 lorries which pass through the Channel Tunnel every day.
‘Pit stops’ have been created at Folkestone and Coquelles to ‘regroup’ the checks and controls already conducted by Eurotunnel before boarding. In future these would also enable the scanning of customs documents. Eurotunnel said it would be possible to check 20 lorries at a time ‘in just a few short minutes’.
This article first appeared on www.railwaygazette.com
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