Channel Tunnel

Delegates from across the three metro chambers to meet at the Channel Tunnel to discuss the likely customs options following Brexit.

A delegation of businesses from the three metro regions will gather at the Channel Tunnel in Folkestone on Monday 14th May as part of a fact-finding visit to discuss the implications of Brexit customs scenarios.

Delegates including The Guild of Travel & Tourism, Bristol-based logistics firm, Mail Handling International and representatives from London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Business West will open talks on the realities of Brexit on border crossings, and how the UK’s potential exit from the Customs Union might affect businesses.

The Channel Tunnel has become a linchpin of international trade for UK businesses since it was opened on 6th May 1994, by Queen Elizabeth II and French President François Mitterrand. In its 24-year history 80 million vehicles have travelled through the tunnel and crossings take just 35 minutes.

Companies such as Kerry Logistics with two of their seven UK offices based in Greater Manchester have clients using the tunnel as part of their worldwide freight distribution services to and from Europe. For logistics firm, Mail Handling International, the tunnel is a vital enabler for its distribution network as shipments are made each day to and from their headquarters in Bristol.

As the transportation of goods between the UK and the EU becomes a pressing question in parliament, this visit presents an opportunity for business leaders to discuss the issue with fellow exporters and importers. Delegates will examine the potential for new processes to be implemented and what impact this will have on business operations, in real terms.

Read more about The Customs Union: UK options Post-Brexit, implications for business.