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DOVER Customs and Excise charges are acting aginst the national interest by forcing up the prices of goods imported, say the port's users.
Now they are mounting a campaign to get the status of the port changed so that Customs facilities are available for 24 hours a day without extra charges to the port users.
They want the port to be given similar status to that of Heathrow airport which also has a 24-hour Customs presence, allowing cheaper and faster operation for both freight and passengers.
At present Dover is classified along with other British ports as needing only "normal hours" Customs attendance, and the port users must pay for the officers to attend ferries arriving outside a nor. mal working day.
In a report published by the Dover Freight Consultative