Logistics UK ‘relieved’ UK/French border will reopen

Logistics UK has said it is “relieved” that the UK/France border will reopen from today (23 December 2020) following its sudden closure last weekend.

The border closure was attributed to a new Covid-19 strain found in the UK which prompted the temporary closure of the border between France and the English Channel as well as many other European countries.

Logistics UK represents logistics businesses around the UK and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods.

With Covid-19, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, the groups said logistics has “never been more important” to UK plc.

Elizabeth de Jong, policy director at business group Logistics UK said: “On behalf of our members, the businesses which transport all the goods and services the economy needs, we are relieved to hear the UK/France border will soon be open.

“It is now vital that COVID-19 testing procedures be stood up fast to ensure drivers can be processed and get home for Christmas safely. The backlog of traffic across the region will take time to clear so hauliers should wait for further news before travelling to Kent.”

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