Dover to Calais
*Not sailing on Mondays.
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Driver-accompanied transport: 2 hours before departure
Unaccompanied trailers*: 2 hours before departure
Hazardous units**: 2 hours before departure
Abnormal loads: 2 hours before departure
Livestock: 2 hours before departure
**Please note that a standard freight unit must be fitted with sufficient points to allow the unit to be adequately secured whilst on board the vessel, which is a minimum of 4 suitable lashing points, in accordance with the rules governing securing of cargo at sea as issued by the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency under regulation number MGN 418 (M).
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Book and track
Our intuitive online booking system works on any device, so you can book, update and track shipments at your convenience.
Information concerning the shipment of horses
As of January 1st, horses will be subject to Sanitary and Phytosanitary checks (SPS). Therefore, all freight customers shipping horses will be required to make an appointment with the Border Control Post (BCP) 72 hours prior to shipment when shipping from Dover-Calais using this link.
If the appointment has not been undertaken, the horses will not be permitted to enter EU territory and will be diverted back to the UK. Therefore, we have updated our Animal Shipment Policy to ensure that the shipment of animals are pre-advised 72 hours prior to shipment, in line with the new requirements.
For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have worked to improve our security by installing double security fencing to the whole perimeter of the Calais terminal, which complies with the ISPS regulations. Therefore, along with the additional number of security personnel and improved camera systems, DFDS continue to support prevention of clandestine activity as much as we possibly can. You can see more information below:
Let us help with hazardous goods
We know that shipping hazardous goods can be an administrative burden. It shouldn’t be - which is why we offer the following:
- Hazardous DGN pre-shipment advisement service
- Hazardous labels available to purchase at the port
- Please be advised that the new IMDG amdt 41-22 will be compulsory from the 1st January 2024. For your guidance, you can find a summary of the changes here.
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MGO BAF Charges
MGO BAF Eastern Channel charge
The MGO BAF for the Eastern Channel is charged on a per unit basis. For further information or to request a monthly email update please contact the Eastern Channel Freight Sales department.
Hazardous and abnormal loads
Any request for exceeding dimensions will have to be subject to examination and approval by the technical department of the Port (48 hours before departure). Vehicles in excess of the dimensions below are classified as Out Of Gauge and are subject to Port's approval.
- Width: 3m
- Length: 20m
- Weight: 44t
- Height: 4.2m
Please note that if the minimum ground clearance is below 0.3m, please email email@example.com for guidance as approval may be required.
For an OOG form, please click on the link: Abnormal Load Form 2020