New Brexit checks double Hull freight delays – but it’s…

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New Brexit checks double Hull freight delays – but it’s…

New Brexit checks double Hull freight delays – but it’s far worse elsewhere
2022-02-08 05:00:00
Spare capacity at Hull's port is being used to avoid the type of congestion seen on roads leading to some Channel ports caused by new customs controls after Brexit. However, freight being shipped between Hull and Rotterdam is currently taking twice as long to clear both ports as it did before new Brexit checks started last month. Queues of lorries on the A20 heading to Dover have become a regular sight since the first raft of new Brexit checks were introduced at the UK border on January 1. For the latest traffic and travel news click here. Emergency traffic measures used to prevent port traffic creating congestion in Dover town centre were used as many times during January as they were in the first six months of 2021. When the measures are in force, lorry drivers can only use the inside lane of the A20 and they have to observe a 40mph speed limit. It has led to lorry queues of up to six miles outside the town. Traffic on Hedon Road (Image: Richard Addison) Similar scenes have not been seen here despite the A1033 and the A63 forming the major route to the eastern docks as well as being the busiest part of the city's road network. Speaking at a Hull City Council scrutiny meeting, the authority's economic development and regeneration manager Alex Codd said all new additional checks were being carried out within the port estate and were not currently causing delays on surrounding roads. A new border control post has been built at King George Dock where physical inspections of food imports from the European Union are due to start in July. Before the UK's departure from the EU, no such checks were required. Hull also has substantially fewer regular freight sailings to and from Europe than Dover. The new Border Control Post at King George Dock in Hull On average, around 1,500 containers are shipped into Hull every week with the majority coming from either Holland or Belgium. Even so, real-time data from a website tracking border and sea crossing times for trucks, trailers and containers shows the average time between arrival at the port of Hull and departure from the port of Rotterdam currently stands at 51 hours compared to a usual journey of 21 hours. Post-Brexit, exporters have to make customs declarations before goods are transported,

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