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Kent Access Permit no longer needed as special measures stood down

[ April 20, 2021   //   ]

Hauliers no longer need a Kent Access Permit to travel between the UK and the EU via the Channel ports or tunnel after traffic management measures were stood down on 20 April.

The M20 moveable barrier will also be removed, said the Department for Transport, which said that delays have been avoided thanks to hauliers arriving at the border prepared.

Freight volumes between the UK and the EU have meanwhile returned to normal levels, added DfT. .

It said that compliance with the KAP obligation from industry has been consistently high, at more than 80% since the middle of January for non-GB hauliers, while the latest data shows it at 86%.

Hauliers will have continued access to 46 information and advice sites across the UK, with the busiest sites remaining in place until at least August DfT says the sites have helped to prepare more than 200,000 hauliers adjust to new border requirements since first opening in November 2020.

Policy manager for the South at Logistics UK, Heidi Skinner, commented: “The government’s decision to abolish the Kent Access Permit is a reflection of the hard work undertaken by logistics businesses across the supply chain to ensure operations are border ready before hauliers embark on travel to the Channel ports. The Check an HGV service has been an effective tool in guiding businesses to the paperwork needed to cross the border. 

“Logistics UK is now urging government and industry to ensure the entire supply chain is ready for the introduction of further EU-UK border controls from 1 January 2022 to keep trade flowing freely in the months and years to come.” 

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