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DFDS Update - French industrial action 14th - 16th March 2023

We have been advised that there are further planned days of National Industrial Action between Tuesday14th and Thursday 16th March, this will inevitably result in some disruption in the Port of Calais, which we understand could affect all operators.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide you with regular updates, together with any changes to our schedules between France and the UK.

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

If you are considering switching 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.


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