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Eurotunnel welcomes 25 millionth truck

  17.03.2017    

At approximately 04:00 this morning, Eurotunnel welcomed the 25 millionth truck to use its Le Shuttle Freight service since the service began on 25 July 1994.
This 25 millionth  truck, from the fleet operated by UPS,  the express courier specialist, was carrying  packages  from  Germany,  many  containing  items  such  as  clothing,  shoes  or electronics  purchased  the  previous  day  via  the  Internet.  The  rapid  growth  in  e-commerce, between  20-30%  per  anum,  shows  how  essential  the  Channel  Tunnel  has  become  in  the transport  and  logistics  infrastructure  linking  the  United  Kingdom  to  continental  Europe.
Approximately one million e-commerce packages transit via the Channel Tunnel every day. EY, in its research paper, "Economic Footprint of the Channel Tunnel", published in November 2016,  estimated  that  goods  linked  to  express  and courier services  transported  through  the Channel Tunnel have a value of around €30 billion per year and are responsible for 272,000 jobs across Europe.



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