Border traffic returns to normal after Brexit in the UK

London, Feb 13 (EFE) .- The flow of commercial traffic on the border between the United Kingdom and France has returned this February to levels similar to those of 2020, which removes the fear that there would be long lines of vehicles after Brexit or exit from this country from the European Union (EU), reports this Saturday the BBC.

According to government data seen by the public chain, truck traffic from the southern county of Kent, which provides access to France through the Eurotunnel and the port of Dover, is at 98% of February levels this month. 2020, while traffic from France is at 99%.

Although the movement of freight vehicles has practically returned to normal, compared to the fall recorded in January, figures indicate that around 50% of trucks entering the UK return to the EU empty, reflecting export difficulties experienced by some British sectors.

According to the BBC, this means that, so far this month, there are between 1,000 and 2,000 fewer trucks a day leaving the United Kingdom with cargo, which is explained both by the new bureaucratic demands and by the effect of the pandemic.

The sectors most affected by the decline in exports are, according to this analysis, those of perishable goods, such as agriculture and fishing.

According to the public chain, between 80 and 90% of carriers arriving at the border in Kent comply with the new customs requirements imposed since last January 1, at the end of the transition period after Brexit.

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On the other hand, around 2.5% have not been able to cross the border in February due to not presenting the correct documentation, compared to 8% that was registered in the first days of the new customs regime. EFE

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