Last reviewed 14 December 2020

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published a notice explaining when priority will be given to heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) if there is severe disruption at Dover or Eurotunnel following the end of the transition period.

Available at GOV.UK, it explains that, when there is severe disruption, lorries will be diverted to a prioritisation control site if they are carrying exclusively specific fresh and live seafood for human consumption or day-old chicks.

These vehicles will then go through “a few checks” before being allowed to bypass the Kent traffic management system (Operation Brock) queues between junctions 8 and 9.

“You’ll need to present documents to prove you’re carrying one of the categories of prioritised goods,” Defra emphasises. “The aim is to minimise delays for prioritised vehicles through the traffic management system in Kent if it is needed.”

It also points out that there are no reports of severe disruption at the moment and that this new provision does not mean any change to EU import controls.

Defra also reminds HGV drivers or designated hauliers that they will need to use the ‘Check an HGV is ready to cross the border service’ to ensure they have all the paperwork they need to cross the border and to get a Kent Access Permit (KAP) before they travel through Kent.

This service is available from Monday 14 December.

Operators should note that, if an HGV is empty, the driver must still declare this on the ‘Check an HGV is ready to cross the border’ service and get a valid KAP. The KAP will be valid for a 24-hour period and the person using the service will be able to select the date and time they would like it to start.