Industrial Action at UK Ports and Airports

Impact of industrial action:

  • You may have seen reports that up to 100,000 civil service members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union will be going on strike on Wednesday 1 February 2021. HMRC members will not be taking part but the industrial action will include UK-based Home Office members, including Border Force staff. 
  • The industrial action is likely to impact the movement of goods through UK ports and airports on 1 February, as well as those travelling to the UK from UK Border controls in Calais, Dunkirk and Coquelles in Northern France. There may also be some disruption on the morning of 2 February as business returns to normal. 

What you can do:

If you are able to move goods outside of this period, then you are advised to do so in order to avoid disruption. 

If you cannot delay your movements then please be aware that the industrial action could lead to disruption and delays at ports and Inland Border Facilities (IBFs). You should be prepared for these delays and check with your operator before starting you movement.  

You can also check IBF site availability online. 
If you 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 you cannot use the online service, the red point service at the port or airport will be operational during this period, but it is possible that you will experience some delays.