DOVER, England (Reuters) - Dover, Europe’s busiest trucking port, expects some disruption when Britain finally leaves the European Union’s orbit on Dec. 31 and is already seeing almost record volumes as companies rush to stockpile, its chief executive said on Thursday.
Doug Bannister, CEO of the Port of Dover, poses for a portrait in Dover, Britain, December 17, 2020.
As Bannister spoke, trucks heading towards Dover were backed up for around 20 miles (32 km), snaking into the nighttime horizon, according to a Reuters photographer who drove the length of the queue.
One of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s most senior Brexit ministers, Michael Gove, said on Thursday that any possible disruption at ports would be short-lived.
Volumes reached 10,141 trucks in the latest 24-hour period - or over 100 miles of trucks - compared to a normal volume of around 7,500 to 8,500 a day.
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