Hauliers could be enjoying smarter, more efficient and faster border crossing for their freight and unaccompanied trailers on LeShuttle, following Getlink's trial of a new software platform, dubbed Sherpass.

The digital platform which is open to hauliers and logistics providers, is set to be launched in October this year, following several months of testing with Eurotunnel's customers using its LeShuttle Freight and unaccompanied trailers services.

Eurotunnel subsidiary Getlink, which operates the truck and passenger shuttle services between Folkestone and Calais, said it has designed Sherpass to streamline the supply chain between the UK and France, helping to overcome the red tape created by myriad customs restrictions introduced as a result of Brexit.

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The company said the platform will provide a turnkey, one-stop solution that will save hauliers a "significant" amount of time by eliminating the need to enter information and the multiple interactions involved in managing documentation, centralising all the data flows required for cross-border exchanges.

Yann Leriche, Getlink chief executive, said: "Getlink has been operating on both sides of the Channel for 30 years and is a vital link in the European supply chain.

"Our innovative and straightforward services position us as the main gateway for goods transiting between the UK and Europe via the short straits.

"With Sherpass, we are continuing our strategy of creating value by capitalising on our smart border expertise.”