Brexit in 5 steps

Are you new to transport to and from the UK? Complete the 5 steps to be Ready for Brexit as quickly as possible.

Participation in the Dutch chain solution is mandatory at all ferry terminals and shortsea terminals. Drivers, transport companies, forwarders, importers or exporters: everyone has a role to play. Your cargo cannot enter or leave the terminal without digitally pre-notified customs documents. No document, no transport!

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Ready for Brexit in the Dutch ports in 5 steps

  • Step 1: Register with Customs

    No relationship with Customs yet? Request an EORI number with them as soon as possible. Every company in Europe involved in import or export requires such a unique identification number. Also if you are an importer or exporter who uses a forwarder or customs agent for your import and export declarations. Please contact national customs as the application process may vary from country to country. Pay attention! Have you worked with a British EORI number until now? Because of the Brexit you have to convert this to an EORI number from the EU.

  • Step 2: Decide who takes care of the import and export declarations

    Determine whether you will submit import and/or export declarations to Customs yourself or whether you will use a forwarder or customs agent for this. If you submit the declarations yourself, you will need separate software and licences. For this software you will find an overview of possible suppliers on the Dutch customs website. Perhaps agreements with the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) and/or ILT are needed as well. 

  • Step 3: Determine who is responsible for the pre-notification of customs documents

    For transport from and to the United Kingdom, the pre-notification of customs documents via Portbase is mandatory at all ferry terminals and shortsea terminals. The importer/exporter can do this, but also the forwarder, customs agent or, on occasion, the transport company. Make clear agreements about this! Without pre-notification, the driver will not be granted access to the terminal.

  • Step 5: Check beforehand whether the terminal has the customs document

    Only cargo that has been digitally pre-notified can enter and leave the terminal. Otherwise, the container or trailer will come to a standstill here. You will then be referred to a public parking location. You can contact your client or transport planner there to get the necessary customs formalities in order. Therefore, before you start driving, always check the status at the terminal via Portbase. No customs document, no pre-notification at the terminal, no transport!

This means Brexit for you as:

These terminals and shipping companies are participating

This is how the Brexit services of Portbase work