FRANCE: On April 4 Eurotunnel officially handed over to the French authorities buildings intended for customs, veterinary and phytosanitary inspection services.

The Douane-SIVEP control centre will be open 24/7 for Ministry of Agriculture officials and customs officers. It provides nine unloading docks, a refrigerated storage area, 100 parking spaces for lorries waiting for controls and 1 000 m2 of offices for the various border services and Eurotunnel staff to direct customers to Registered Customs Representatives operating on behalf of hauliers.

Eurotunnel has also created an equine facility and expanded two pit-stop areas for lorry processing, two coach halls and two buildings with tax reclaim zones.

E-gates with facial recognition in the coach hall are currently awaiting official approval, and are expected to speed up French border police checks.