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DFDS Update - Potential French Industrial Action Wednesday 7th February

We have been advised of potential Industrial Action in France, which we understand could result in the Port of Calais being disrupted between from 00:00 CET tonight.

Please see below the possible disruption to the service:


Departures between Calais<>Dover will continue to operate, although the Industrial Action could result in some delays for check-in and vessel arrival and departure times.


Please be assured that departures between Dover<>Dunkerque should not be affected by the Industrial Action and will continue to operate throughout this period on Industrial Action. 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.

We will update with further information as it is received.

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.


06 February 2024

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