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Border Force Strikes This Weekend

Please be advised of the upcoming PCS Border Force industrial action going forward between Friday 17th and Monday 20th of February 2023.

Around 1000 Border Force officers in Dover, Calais, Dunkirk and Coquelles are set to strike this weekend.

Please find below the latest information received from HMRC;

  • The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union has announced industrial action that will impact Border Force operations between Friday 17 February and Monday 20 February (until 7am). 
  • Border Force officers based in Dover, Calais, Dunkirk and Coquelles, who are members of the PCS, will be taking part in the action. This does not include HMRC staff. 
  • The industrial action will impact the movement of goods travelling to the UK through UK Border controls in the French ports of Calais and Dunkirk, and the Coquelles Eurotunnel Terminal. 

What your members can do 

If your members were planning to move goods during this period, they should be aware there could be disruption and delays at South East ports and Inland Border Facilities (IBFs). Please advise members to take this into consideration when planning movements and to speak to their carriers / operators. 

Businesses can also check IBF site availability online. 
If your members are planning to carry merchandise in baggage or more than £10,000 in cash and need to make a declaration 

For merchandise in baggage under £1500/1000kg which does not contain licensed items, the simplest way to declare goods is though the simplified online declaration form. 

The simplest way to declare large amounts of cash is also online, following this guidance. If they cannot use the online service, the red point service at the ports will be operational during this period but it is possible they will experience some delays.  

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