Quiet at Dover on first working day after Brexit

Britain formally left the EU on Jan. 31 and when its transitional period within the EU’s customs union and single market ended at 2300 GMT on Dec. 31, companies moving goods in or out of Britain had to start completing full customs declarations, a move some said would bring the port to a standstill.

The port expected volumes to drop off in early January. The most worrisome period, it says, will be in mid- to late January when volumes pick up again.

The week before Christmas saw queues of trucks miles long after France closed its borders with the UK to limit the spread of a new strain of COVID-19.

"I don't think it is hype because I literally couldn't leave my road. I couldn't go for a drive and so it may be quiet now but I've seen what it was like before Brexit with our town being a lorry park and I'm expecting that to happen again," said Brad Evans, a Dover resident who still expects to see disruption.