I received a message last night saying that “all transports had been stopped at Calais yesterday”. The only information the person contacting me had was that they thought they had stopped transports from “everywhere”, although they only had confirmation from Romania, Serbia and Croatia, and were unsure about Spain.
Having not heard or seen anything on Facebook or online at all yesterday regards the stopping of transports I would be very surprised if it was a blanket stoppage.
My guess, and it is just a guess, based on having seen many an Eastern European transport at Calais is that they have been stopped for exploiting the PETS Scheme. Pretty much every transport I have seen has had 25 animals and 3 drivers and they have had 2 drivers drive over from the UK to meet them and make up the quota of 5 animals per person. This means they are using the PETS Scheme for re-homed animals rather than TRACES. Add in the fact that when we tried ti set up a transport from Romania not one rescue was registered for TRACES and my money would be on this being the reason.
Another theory is that following on from an article in the Daily Mail last week about puppy smuggling they have decided to get tougher at the border. I doubt this as there s a similar story somewhere pretty much every week these days. It may have prompted tighter checks, but they have been getting more vigorous throughout the year.
If I find out more I will post an update. If you have heard anything please leave a comment or get in touch.