Updated guidance for the freight transport industry on international travel has been issued following the latest government advice for British nationals.
The official guidance can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-freight-transport/covid-19-advice-for-the-freight-transport-industry and it advises British nationals against all non-essential international travel.
However, international and domestic freight transport (including by air, ship, road and rail, including roll-on/roll-off transports) is classified by the UK Government as an essential activity in the context of its travel advice.
The advice against non-essential travel is, therefore, not intended to apply to international and domestic freight transport.
Within Europe, border controls have been re-introduced in many locations and substantial restrictions on international travel have been imposed. The position should be checked country by country on the relevant FCO travel advice pages at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
With regard to accompanied goods vehicles travelling between the UK and mainland Europe and Ireland, the Government is reminding ferry operators of the importance of enabling social distance measures during longer sea crossings in respect of sleeping accommodation, in particular.
It is also reminding Eurotunnel, in operating its Le Shuttle services, of the importance of health and safety responsibilities and enabling social distance measures, both at the UK and French terminals, but also during crossings through the Channel Tunnel.
At the UK-end of journeys, domestic freight providers are also essential services.
The Government emphasises the health and safety responsibilities of all organisations connected with freight transport organisations running transport terminals, warehouses and distribution centres to provide access to drivers and crew to toilets, washing facilities and sufficient waiting space.
The attention of operators is also directed to advice from Public Health England (PHE) which is intended for travellers in general, for example in relation to insurance, but is in part relevant to commercial transport.
In relation to insurance for drivers, crew, maintenance and business operations, the provisions now applicable to the particular countries in respect of specific policies need to be checked carefully and confirmed prior to departure.
Last reviewed 19 May 2020