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Lords EU Committee to take evidence from port and Channel Tunnel operators

Friday 13 November 2020

On Monday 16 November 2020 port and Channel Tunnel operators will give evidence to the House of Lords EU Goods Sub-Committee.

This evidence session is part of a series of evidence sessions the Committee is holding on end-of-transition readiness.

The session will be held remotely and streamed on Parliament TV.

At 10.30am the Committee will hear from:

  • Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive at the British Ports Association
  • John Keefe, Director of Public Affairs at Getlink
  • Tim Morris, Chief Executive at UK Major Ports Group
  • Jean-Marc Puissesseau, Chief Executive at Société d’Exploitation des Ports du Détroit (Port of Calais).

The questions the Committee is likely to ask include:

  • Will the IT infrastructure at ports and Eurotunnel be in place to facilitate the movement of goods between GB and the EU?
  • Will the necessary infrastructure at the border and inland be ready in time for the new arrangements in 2021?
  • Are enough HMRC and Border Force staff likely to be trained and in place in time for the end of transition?
  • How ready is the Port of Calais for new customs requirements, and what has been the extent of coordination and collaboration with the Port of Dover on preparations for 1 January and beyond?
  • Can traders and hauliers shift from Dover-Calais to other, less busy routes or Eurotunnel, in case of congestion?
  • Has the Government done enough to ensure the uninterrupted flow of critical goods?

Last week the Committee held two evidence sessions on post-transition customs IT systems and sector preparedness. Both sessions can be watched back on Parliament TV.

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