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Association of Removers that specialises in all aspects of overseas relocations.
Government extends freeports consultation
DKV enables easy payment of new Bulgarian tolls
DKV customers can now use the company’s online
platform to pay road charges in Bulgaria, following the
implementation of the country’s new nationwide toll
system for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) earlier this year.
Via the DKV registration portal, operators are able
to purchase route passes for one-off journeys to, from
and within Bulgaria, as well as order the national toll
operator’s TollPass onboard unit that enables post-payment
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Stephen Compton of Purdie
Worldwide has taken the reins as
Chairman of the Overseas Group
Council, as Chris Mackley ends his
term after four years at the helm.
Stephen, who has been Vice
Chairman of the OG since
September 2019, will outline his ambitions and priorities
for the future of the group in an upcoming issue of R&S.
services for frequent trips. With this onboard
unit drivers can use DKV’s retroactive payment
services to settle toll charges after they complete their
journeys, thereby decreasing administration costs.
Bulgaria introduced a new road toll system for
HGVs (vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (GVW)
Chairman: Stephen Compton,
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Honorary Vice Chairman: Nick Kerr,
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exceeding 3.5 tonnes) in March. Toll costs in the
country depend on several factors including journey
distance, vehicle size and weight and engine emission
standard. Charges can be settled either before the
start of the trip via a predeclared ‘route pass’, or
retroactively with an onboard unit.
DKV toll box to be accepted for
In addition, DKV has taken the first step towards
implementing its onboard units for HGV toll payments
in Italy, thanks to a new strategic partnership with
Autostrade per l’Italia, which operates more than half
of the country’s toll-based roads.
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The Overseas Group Council
The agreement means that DKV’s Box Italia will be
able to process digital toll payments across a 3,000
km motorway network in Italy once the BAR Affiliate
has been certified as a national toll service provider
by the Italian Association for Motorway and Tunnel
DKV says its European-wide toll unit, Box Europe,
will also be compatible for toll payments across Italy
in the near future. R&S will continue to report on
this story as it develops.
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The Department for International Trade has extended
the deadline for feedback on its plans to establish
up to 10 ‘freeports’ to ensure the UK is ready to seize
international trade opportunities when it begins to
operate a trade policy independent from the EU.
Freeports are free trading zones within which
businesses can import, store and export products
duty free. Ports and airports nationwide will be
invited to bid for freeport status after Brexit day.
The consultation will close on 13 July to give
stakeholders – including ports, businesses and local
government authorities – more time to submit
their views as they tackle disruption caused by
the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. A further
extension to this deadline will be kept under review.
Responses can be submitted through the existing
online portal, which can be found by searching
‘freeports’ on gov.uk.
The Government says it will focus on establishing
freeports in areas which could benefit the most
economically from their presence. Ports which have
so far expressed an interest in the bidding process
include Teesport, the Port of Tyne, Milford Haven and