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Chaos in Calais – one month early

[ March 6, 2019   //   ]

Queues of lorries are building up on roads leading to the French Channel as French customs officers stage a work-to-rule, imposing more checks on trucks as part of a protest aimed at securing better pay and conditions.
The jams built up on Tuesday (5 March) on the approaches to Calais port, the Channel Tunnel and Dunkerques with trucks queued up for several miles. Freight operators reported that officials were checking every freight vehicle and that holding areas had been set up in Calais to deal with the overflow.
Heavy trucks have now been banned from some approach roads.
French customs officers unions say that the extra numbers of staff recruited by the service are inadequate and are also demanding better night pay.