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DFDS Update - Calais Industrial Action 7th March Update

Following on from the communication this morning, please see below latest information regarding the Industrial Action.

We are advised that there is another day of Industrial Action in France, which is planned for Tuesday 7th March, which we understand will result in the Port of Calais being closed between the hours of 00:00 - 08:00 CET.

  • The last departure from Dover-Calais will be the 19:30 tonight.
  • The last last departure from Calais-Dover will be the 22:45 tonight.

We will update with further information as it is received.


Please be advised that there are no Sheerness<>Calais departures.


Departures between Calais<>Dover will not be operating between the hours of 00:00 - 08:00 CET.


Please be assured that departures between Dover<>Dunkerque should not be affected by the Industrial Action and will operate a full schedule with 3 vessels. We would like to also take this opportunity to remind you that our Advance Check-in and Priority/Fast Lane services are available on request.

Unaccompanied Trailers

We will continue to ship unaccompanied trailers on our Dover<>Dunkerque service on a first come first serve basis.

Please note that during the disruption we will be unable honour time specific bookings, and we will ship all traffic on a first come first served basis.

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.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused and be assured that we will continue to provide you with regular updates throughout the day.


06 March 2023

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