Freight resumes after France and UK reach agreement on travel ban

Freight resumes after France and UK reach agreement on travel ban

Freight services are resuming again between the UK and France today (23rd December) after the two governments reached agreement on lifting a travel ban.

France's decision to stop drivers travelling from Dover to Calais on Sunday, due to a new strain of the coronavirus, meant thousands of lorries were left queueing in Kent this week.

Independent publishers had branded the situation “disastrous”, while Gardners warned of delays to exporting and the Publishers Association called for it be resolved urgently.

Under an agreement with France, hauliers can now travel to France if they have tested negative for the virus up to 72 hours before departure. Test and Trace staff are carrying out rapid tests on drivers waiting in Kent.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick told Sky News this morning (23rd December) it would take a “few days“ to work through the backlog of drivers.