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DFDS Update - Calais Industrial Action 16th February

We are advised that there is another day of industrial action in France, which is planned for Thursday 16th February, which will inevitably result in some disruption in the Port of Calais. Which we understand could affect all operators.


We are pleased to advise that at this time the action will not affect the departure of the Calais - Sheerness 23:59hrs on Thursday.


All departures between Calais<>Dover will be operating, although it is expected that there will be some disruption to the controls in the Port of Calais , which may result in a slower check-in process.


Please be assured that departures between Dover<>Dunkerque should be unaffected by the industrial action and will operate its normal schedule in order to support our valued customers. We would like to also take this opportunity to remind you that our advance check-in and priority/fast lane service is available on request.

If you are considering to switch your Calais shipments to our Dunkerque service please be aware of the below customs requirements.

Customs clearance

Empty Units & Transit Declarations

If you are either empty or transporting goods only under a Transit declaration (full load or groupage under full transit), you may choose either Dunkerque or Calais at check-in without consequence.

The potential change of the port of arrival will not cause your customs status to go orange. This means that you may check-in at Dover and ship to either Dunkerque or Calais, regardless of the destination port stated on your declaration.

Export to the UK

If you are transporting goods under any declaration, from France to UK, you may change the port of departure without consequence. This change will not cause your customs status to go orange. This means that you may check-in at Dunkerque or Calais and ship to Dover, regardless of the port of exit stated on your declaration.

Import to the EU

If you transport goods for import in to France, the port of arrival will not be updated on your customs declaration and the truck will be orange on arrival.


15 February 2023

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