so close so far. On a clear day off the Sangate coast near Clais, one can see the cliffs of Dover on the other side of the channel. Only about thirty kilometers separates the United Kingdom from the European continent at this point. But this friday 1is January is like an old film. The British ship which docked in Europe is finally taking off.
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“An important link”
After 47 years of living together, the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in the name of sovereignty. But at Eurotunal headquarters, we do not reside on Brexit. And the little girl, drawn at the entrance to the two tunnels, will continue to see the work of street art artist Yaselt Diggan, with her telescope on the other side of the channel towards the port where the tunnel is opened on the British side. .
Freight should continue to use the tunnel, ” An important link », Underscores Anne-Laure Desclaves, director of communications at Eurotunel. ” A customer makes an average of 20 to 30,000 crossings per year, 25% of goods pass through the channel tunnel for an amount of 140 billion euros per year ”, He continues.
A ferry between Kallis and Dover every 35 to 40 minutes
A symbol of synergy between Great Britain and France, the tunnel has adapted to the new conditions generated by Brexit, to ensure freight as well as passengers. “Liquidity and efficiency” As enshrined in the Treaty of Canterbury, it was signed on 12 February 1986 in the Cathedral of the same name.
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The stakes are high on both sides of the channel. But even more for France. Because for the Hauts-de-France region, 5 million trucks pass between Dunkirk and Kallis and the two ports of Great Britain. Between Calais and Dover, a ferry departs every 35 to 40 minutes.
Recruitment of 700 custom officers
This 1is January is therefore celebrated by everyone on either side of the tunnel, such as in the ports of Kallis and Dover. We are looking for the arrival of the first trucks, which are fortunately very few on New Year’s Day weekends, adding to the health crisis that has also reduced traffic significantly. ” From today a lot of preparation has been done to get things done. For four years, customers have worked closely with us to ensure that traffic flow is respected ”, Adds Eurotunnel’s Director of Communications.
A real challenge because today with Brexit, becoming the third country, the United Kingdom is under customs control with mandatory declarations for entering and leaving goods. Products arriving or leaving Great Britain passed freely. Return to the position before the United Kingdom entered the European Union. French customs recruited 700 customs officers, including 250 Huts de France sites, Ports of Calais, Dunkirk and Eurotunnel for a 24/7 on-site presence.
La «Smart Limit»
And to prevent controls from slowing the flow, Customs and Eurotunline have jointly created a “smart border”, a “smart border”, where data is transported in France as well as at the port in France for the transport of goods. The upstream to be sent is sent digitally. Britain.
« If they are predictable, then there will be no problem, it will be enough to flash the truck’s barcode. », Adds Gilbert Beltran, Regional Customs Director for Dunkirk. Otherwise, trucks must stop and complete on-site formalities with delays for delivery.
There will also be changes for tourists. Frenchmen returning from Great Britain will no longer be able to bring back food of animal origin such as Cheddar cheese, and if they shop for more than 430 €, they will have to pay national taxes.
If the “smart border” saves the transport of goods and should limit the damage to the economy between the United Kingdom and Europe, it is not sure that all the artists share the enthusiasm of Boris Johnson, the artisan of Brexit with the European Union. Announced after signing the agreement: ” This is not the end ” more ” The beginning of a wonderful relationship between the UK and our friends and partners in the European Union ».