Media Statement 15:00 01.01.2021

The Majority of freight has successfully accessed our ports on the first day post-Brexit

“Currently freight traffic is flowing well through our ports across the UK and Ireland. All government customs and regulatory IT systems are working well with no issues reported.

“At present freight volumes are markedly down on pre-Christmas/Brexit stockpiling levels, so it is too early to draw any conclusions. But we are happy with the way the new procedures are operating and remain cautiously optimistic that, as freight volumes begin to rise again, we will be able to ensure the continued free movement of goods.

“The day has not been without issues for some hauliers, which was expected. The occasional vehicle has being turned away due to not having the correct customs references, but most have returned later with everything in order and been shipped.

“There will be an adjustment period while businesses get used to the new procedures, so for any hauliers that have not completed registrations on the customs systems, we would urge them to obtain the correct references before they arrive at check-in.  Otherwise they will not be allowed access into our ports.”

Ian Davies, Head of UK Port Authorities, Stena Line

For more information please:

Simon Palmer, PR & Communications Manager (Irish Sea and North Sea)

+353 (0)868858789, simon.palmer@stenaline.com

About Stena Line Ports 

Stena Line operates three ports in the UK. Holyhead, which the is second busiest port in the UK, and Fishguard in Wales. As well as Loch Ryan in Scotland.https://holyheadport.co.uk/

About Us

Stena Line is one of Europe's leading ferry companies with 37 vessels and 18 routes in Northern Europe. Stena Line is an important part of the European logistics network and develops new intermodal freight solutions by combining transport by rail, road and sea. Stena Line also plays an important role for tourism in Europe with its extensive passenger operations. The company is family-owned, was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Gothenburg. Stena Line is part of the Stena AB Group, which has about 16 000 employees and an annual turnover of around 37 billion SEK.

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