This is what the Dutch ferry operators ask of you –All ferry operators operating from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom provide on their own websites essential information for a smooth crossing on their ships. Whichever ferry operator you choose: before you start booking always check the Brexit ins & outs on the relevant website.

More information:

New update Border Operating Model as of November 18 – The UK published the latest version of the Border Operating Model on 18 November. Two important changes:

  1. Mandatory certification and physical checks for all dairy products will now take effect from 1 September 2022. This was previously 1 July 2022.
  2. Compulsory certification and physical checks for products of animal origin, including composite products and fish products, will take effect from 1 November 2022. This was previously 1 July 2022.

More information

UK government will also help you on your way! – Like the Dutch government, the British government is also making every effort to optimally inform you about all the new requirements that are (or will be) applicable to transport to and from the United Kingdom.

Keep business moving

The UK government website Keep business moving  features much up-to-date information about current and upcoming regulations in the UK regarding import and export.


The UK government is organising a series of sector-specific webinars to prepare businesses for the introduction of UK import controls. View the overview and register now.

Handbook for carriers

Through a Handbook for Carriers, the UK government provides transport companies with a comprehensive reference guide detailing the rules for all different types of RoRo transport (accompanied and unaccompanied) between the European Union and the United Kingdom

Letter to carriers

In a comprehensive letter , the UK government highlights five key points to carriers:

  1. Use of the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS)
  2. Changes to the security requirements
  3. Reminder about visiting an Inland Border Facility (IBF)
  4. How to obtain more information
  5. EU ID cards and passports

Export Safety and Security (EXS) requirements for GB to EU shipments applicable from 1 October 2021 – The regulations will apply from 1st October to export shipments from Great Britain to EU member states, where not covered by a combined export/safety and security declaration. Final guidance is still awaited, having been subject to some last-minute changes during September; we will update you with further details as soon as this is available, together with information as to which version of the EXS process (‘Arrived EXS’ or standard ‘IEXS’) to use at each of our GB port locations. There is no EXS requirement on shipments on direct routes from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

Read the whole article at

Government sets out pragmatic new timetable for introducing border controls – The government has set out a pragmatic new timetable for introducing full import controls for goods being imported from the EU to the UK.

  • Revised timetable will give businesses more time to adjust to new processes
  • Global pandemic has affected supply chains in the UK and across Europe
  • Controls will be phased in across 2022

Read the whole press release via

Access to UK only with valid passport as of 1 October – Attention drivers! As of the 1st of October 2021, you will only be able to enter the United Kingdom with a valid passport. It is no longer possible to enter the UK with an ID card.

More information is available at (Dutch).

Pre-lodgement and temporary storage: the differences and applications by Dutch ferry operators – As of the 1st of January 2022, import declarations can be submitted to British Customs via two different models: Pre-lodgement and Temporary storage. The main features of both models:


In the pre-lodgement model, parties already submit their customs declarations before goods are taken on board in the EU. The carrier next links these declaration(s) to a specific trailer via the British Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS). The carrier uses the ensuing Goods Movement Reference (GMR) to gain access to the Dutch ferry terminal. No GMR means no access. With help of the GMR, the goods can usually immediately proceed upon arrival in the British port.

Temporary storage

Goods entering the UK under the temporary storage model may be stored at a temporary storage facility at the border for up to 90 days. After having been declared to British Customs, the goods next travel on to their final destination in the United Kingdom.

How do the ferry operators apply this

Each ferry operator/terminal in the UK decides for itself which model it chooses to use. The ferry operators active in the Netherlands do this as follows:

View access models to British ports Dutch ferry operators (subject to change)

Ferry company


UK ports of call Access model
CLdN Purfleet


In both ports:

  • For import to the UK: the temporary storage model
  • For transit documents: the pre-lodgement model (digital office of transit with GVMS)
DFDS Felixstowe
In all ports:

  • For import to the UK: the temporary storage model
  • For transit documents: the pre-lodgement model
P&O Ferries Hull


In both ports:

  • The temporary storage model
  • For transit documents [TT1/TT2] shipped as self-drive [accompanied, so with driver] as of 26/07/2021: the pre-lodgement model
Stena Line Harwich



In all ports:

  • For import of unaccompanied cargo to the UK: the temporary storage model
  • For import of accompanied cargo to the UK and transit documents: the pre-lodgement model

British customs rules for veterinary cargo tightened as of 1 October -Due to Brexit, the British government is further tightening the customs rules for import into the United Kingdom. This will commence on the 1st of October 2021 with the introduction of mandatory health certificates for most veterinary cargo. If you are transporting such cargo, make sure you are ready! Otherwise, your cargo may come to a standstill in a British port.

In the Netherlands, the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) offers a step-by-step plan to help you to efficiently organise the required certificates. You can also directly ask the NVWA any questions you may have. Furthermore, the UK government offers various insightful webinars on the import of veterinary cargo into the UK.

Bekijk Britse uitleg over alle veterinaire veranderingen na 1 oktober as. – Find out what will change for you at the UK border from 1 October 2021 in this webinar from the UK government. Here you will hear from a first source what you need to do to import the following products from the EU into Britain from 1 October 2021:

  1. food and drink (products of animal origin for human consumption, such as meat, fish and dairy products)
  2. animal by-products
  3. composed food products

You will also learn how to:

  • Enter groupage loads
  • register for the product, animal, food and feed import system (IPAFFS)
  • submit an import notification in IPAFFS

Watch the webinars


Results Brexit Market Research | 90 days of Brexit: Higher costs, lower margins, bureaucracy, and delays

NBCC – With 90 days since the end of the transition period having now passed, we conducted a survey of our members together with Feedback Consumer Research on the impact of Brexit. If you participated on the survey, thank you very much.

Below, you can find an infographic which gives the key findings of the market research. You can find the press release here and the key conclusions here. If you have been impacted and need support or assistance, please contact Lyne Biewinga, Executive Director for Membership.

News Hour (Nieuwsuur) made an item about the results:
How does the Brexit work in reality. Watch through this link

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