06/02/20

Advice for transport to the UK

by Marie Deramoudt
Leeward advises you on transport to the UK.
Road haulage companies carrying out transport orders to/from the UK run the risk of illegal migrants hiding in the vehicles in the hope of getting across the Channel unseen.


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The fines imposed by UK Customs for this are substantial. Up to £2,000 can be charged per transmigrant on board the vehicle. Since drivers and road haulage companies are often unaware of the presence of stowaways on board, the British authorities have drawn up an administrative plan to conduct the defence and reduce the risk of high fines.

For road haulage companies which regularly send lorries to the United Kingdom, it is appropriate to join the list of approved transport companies under the Civil Penalty Accreditation Scheme. Such an accreditation provides the best protection against financial penalties in the event of illegal migrants on board the vehicles.

In order to be accredited, the company must prove that it applies an effective system to prevent the transport of illegal immigrants. At least to this end, the company will need to be able to demonstrate the use of robust security devices such as padlocks and seals, as well as written instructions and training for drivers on the use of the security measures. Secondly, the company will also have to be able to demonstrate that those responsible for implementing the system are able to do so properly. The use of on-board checklists is recommended for this purpose.

Leeward's lawyers are on hand to advise you on how to reduce financial risk for transport orders to the UK and will assist you with your application for recognition under the Accrediation Scheme.

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