Salt Island at Holyhead is an interesting freight facility, which could become busier as the UK situation changes.
This is what if information, more aligned to a no deal Brexit than other outcomes. At this time, a deal and a transition period appear more likely but we have seen the sands shift before.
Whatever occurs, there could still be elements which apply in the future and as the government published details, worth sharing for anyone using Holyhead, or Dover.
The Port of Dover, Eurotunnel and the Port of Holyhead can not as such process ATA Carnets. If you suddenly need to use a carnet because of no deal, or another scenario, good to be aware of procedure and contact points.
How To Proceed
Carnet processing for Holyhead will take place at The Roadking Truckstop, Parc Cybi, Kingsland, Holyhead LL65 2YQ. They are open Monday to Sunday, 7am to 10pm, although you need to enter the ATA Carnet processing area by 9:45pm.
You should let Border Force know you will be shipping on a carnet at least 24 hours before departure and what time you intend to arrive at Roadking Truckstop. Notifying Holyhead port staff is also helpful.
Security staff at Roadking will check you in for carnet processing. There isn’t incidentally a choice of location, even if traffic is diverted, or jammed. You also have to leave immediately after processing, so coffee first.
If you are entering the UK via the Port of Dover using a carnet, you should go to Dover Western Docks, Lord Warden Square, Dover CT17 9TF, they are open 24/7.
A carnet arrival in the UK via Eurotunnel requires a journey to Ashford International Truck Stop, Waterbrook Avenue, Ashford TN24 0GB, also open 24/7.
Carnet processing if you are leaving the UK via the Port of Dover, or Eurotunnel is available at a range of permanently open locations:
- North Weald Airfield, Merlin Way, North Weald Bassett, Epping CM16 6HR
- Car Park D, Ebbsfleet International Station, International Way DA10 1EB
- Stop 24, Folkestone Services, 15 Ashford Road, Hythe, Kent CT21 4BL
A variety of plans have been put forward, particularly in relation to HGV stacking, or diversion. Manston Airport (CT12 5BQ if you wish to search) has been suggested, although with the fluidity of the situation, wait and see may be better.