Dover delays to be a mere memory?
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t. CSTOMS Dover
will be a thing of the past by next summer, according to the HM C.:ustonis and Excise collector for 1)over.
Mr A. Collie told Road Haulage Association international group members last week that the introduction or direct trader input, operated in basic Corm at Felixstowe since january last year and scheduled to be installed at Portsmouth, Southampton, Poole, I lull and Harwich, will transfer responsibility for port delays from Customs to agents and hauliers. Once the DTI system (by which agents enter details of loads into the system) is live, probably in July next year, a vehicle's progress through Dover will be computerised from the manifest through the docks to Customs processing and its exit from the port.
Collie said that DT] will overcome the many delays created at busy times when a rush of traffic cannot be matched by additional (lustoms staff rhe speed of entry processing for most traffic will then depend on die actions of the
trade and lorry drivers, as most traffic will be cleared automatically by Customs after a predetermined time rather than for all traffic being stopped until Customs officers issue a removal note.
Vehicle control cards will be printed an from manifest information and the Dover Harbour Board will issue these, via marshals, to lorry drivers.
Drivers' progress will .ilso be speeded up by au automatic display of a vehicle's registration number on the drivers' display board.