“A range of sites are under consideration to be used by HMRC as an Office of Departure, where HGVs will stop temporarily to process their common transit movements and have their paperwork confirmed before continuing their journey.”
Very good, especially for Aycliffe, since it suggests no queue-making export formalities in the Eastern Docks, other than 'so prove to me you've already "done Customs", then driver' interventions at check-in.
that will still cause back ups, unless they [pod] open more check in booths.
And ferry operators man them! It would also help if use of Transit were mandatory.