FTA calls on French government to compensate Operation Stack losses

The FTA has called on the French government to compensate UK hauliers for the money lost during the 28 days Operation Stack was in place this summer.

Ahead of a meeting between French and UK ministers in Calais later today, the trade association has urged the French government to consider compensating the estimated £21m the UK freight industry lost between 23 June and 2 August.

This estimated cost, said the FTA, doesn’t account for spoiled loads, missed deadlines or loss of business.

At the height of the chaos, caused by a combination of striking workers in Calais and thousands of migrants trying to gain access to the Channel Tunnel, the FTA said the industry could be losing up to £750,000 every day.

FTA deputy chief executive James Hookham said: “The weeks of chaos on the roads in Kent were unacceptable and we need a long-term solution to Operation Stack – this situation cannot be allowed to happen again.

“FTA has calculated that the UK lorries queued during Operation Stack accounted for only 15% of all HGVs affected and therefore the wider costs to hauliers across Europe are significantly higher.  So the French government should accept that they are liable not only for the cost to British hauliers, but to all others involved.”

He added that because the industrial dispute with MyFerryLink is yet to be resolved, there remains “every likelihood that we could see a repeat performance before the summer is out”.

UK and French ministers will reportedly strike a deal in today’s meeting to help solve the ongoing migrant crisis, despite Eurotunnel’s reports that nightly attempts to gain entry to the tunnel have fallen from 2,000 people a night to around 200.

Things to be considered in the deal are said to include extra security, humanitarian support for people living in the migrant camp, known as the Jungle, as well as anti-human trafficking measures.

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