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“Short Straits to Smart Straits”

Coalition Project Unites Port of Dover and GetLink

Short Straits gateway consists of the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel (Getlink). Together they draw attention on the fact that they:

  • occupy a unique strategic location at the critical trading intersection with the UK’s main trading partner
  • provide the quickest and most frequent services, supporting just-in-time supply chains across the UK
  • handle 50% of the UK’s trade in goods with Europe

On 3 February, the coalition has proposed a new initiative to the UK Government: “Short Straits to Smart Straits”

Instead of the Governments Freeports ambitions the coalition wants to develop the world’s smartest border through a number of solutions that will help remove border frictions and create a world-leading virtual border solution for the Government’s 2025 UK Border Strategy.

The coalition also pursues the goal to pioneer the UK’s first zero emissions logistics corridors, linking with the Government’s important sustainability agenda to build back better through its Green Industrial Revolution and Maritime 2050.


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No Need to Self-Isolate for Eurotunnel Passengers?

GetLink’s (EuroTunnel) figures for August are surprising: Le Shuttle carried 267,942 passenger vehicles, or only -28% compared to last year (373,084).

On August 15, the UK re-imposed quarantine, causing a busy day on August 14, with with 11,600 vehicles and 30,000 passengers.

Interesting to see is –quoting Eurotunnel’s website– that there is no need for self-isolate if you haven’t left your car.

The website says that, “Our understanding of the UK Government’s position is that if you drive through a country that is not on the list for quarantine exemption on your way to the UK, without getting out of your car, or allowing anyone to enter your car, then there is no additional need to self-isolate on your entry to the UK. You must check the status of all the countries you have visited, in which you have got out of your car.”

Eurotunnel Promises A Brexit-Proof Holiday

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A mailshot from Eurotunnel might indicate that bookings for Easter are through the floor. “Do you want to get on and make holiday plans, but feel a little hesitant? We want to take this opportunity to reassure you that we are Brexit-ready,” says the Eurotunnel message.

On top of the existing flexible booking terms (amending ticket free of charge up to 24 hours in advance), Eurotunnel introduced a new Brexit-proof promise: free cancellations up to 7 days before travel (if booked before end of February, for travel between 14 March and 30 September).


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Eurotunnel Taking Department For Transport To Court Over Seaborne Freight Ferry Contract

Eurotunnel is starting a legal challenge against the Department for Transport over a decision to award contracts to three ferry companies, under no-deal Brexit plans.

The court appeal is the latest twist in the controversy surrounding the contracts.

At the weekend, the government announced it was scrapping a £13.8 million contract with Seaborne Freight to provide a service between Ramsgate and Ostend to ease pressure on other ports, such as Dover, in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Eurotunnel says the contracts totalling EUR 108 million were awarded through a “secretive and flawed procurement process”.


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Cross-Channel Firms Challenge UK Brexit Ferry Decisions

The CEOs of Eurotunnel and Port of Calais have objected to the emergency contracts awarded by the UK government to Brittany Ferries, DFDS and Seaborne Freight to provide additional ro-ro capacity in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, threatening to take legal action.

Port Of Calais Is Dreaming Of The Return Of The Golden Age

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The hotels and restaurants of Calais are dreaming about the return of the tax-free era, once the Brexit is a fact.

After the duty-free was abolished in 1997, Calais lost 40% of its tourist traffic. The city was used to have a lot of British day-trippers.

When Brexit was announced in April 2017, an association has been created under the name “Yes to Duty Free.” Some of its members include ferry companies DFDS and P&O, Eurotunnel and SEPD (Société d’exploitation des ports du Detroit).