Ian Davies, Head of UK Port Authorities, Stena Line commented on Day 1 of Brexit 2021: “Currently freight traffic is flowing well through our ports across the UK and Ireland. All government customs and regulatory IT systems are working well with no issues reported.
“At present freight volumes are markedly down on pre-Christmas/Brexit stockpiling levels, so it is too early to draw any conclusions. But we are happy with the way the new procedures are operating and remain cautiously optimistic that, as freight volumes begin to rise again, we will be able to ensure the continued free movement of goods.
“The day has not been without issues for some hauliers, which was expected. The occasional vehicle has being turned away due to not having the correct customs references, but most have returned later with everything in order and been shipped.
“There will be an adjustment period while businesses get used to the new procedures, so for any hauliers that have not completed registrations on the customs systems, we would urge them to obtain the correct references before they arrive at check-in. Otherwise they will not be allowed access into our ports.”