Ready in 5 steps as an exporter

The checklist below helps you to continue to swiftly transport cargo to and from the United Kingdom as an exporter as of the 1st of January 2021. All ferry terminals and most shortsea terminals in the Netherlands make participation in our chain-wide solution for the soon-obligatory customs formalities mandatory. No pre-notified document at the terminal means no access. Complete the five steps to be ready for Brexit in time. Prepare right now!

Your checklist

As an exporter, will you make sure that you are ready in time for Brexit in the Dutch ports? Read here which actions are required on your part for transport via both shortsea and ferry.

Step 1: Register with Customs

No relationship with Customs yet? Then register for an EORI number with Customs as soon as possible. Every company in Europe involved in import or export requires such a unique identification number from Customs. Also if you are an exporter who uses a forwarder or customs agent for your export declarations. Pay attention! Are you currently working with a British EORI number? After the Brexit you have to convert this to an EORI number from the EU.

Step 2: Establish who is responsible for the export declarations

Following Brexit, decide whether you will submit export declarations to Customs yourself as an exporter or whether you will use a forwarder or customs agent. These Dutch (customs) forwarders could help you

If you submit declarations yourself, separate software and licenses will be required. Read more on submitting import and export declarations on the website of Customs*.

You may also need to arrange this:

* Only available in Dutch
**NVWA is Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority

Step 3: Determine who will pre-notify the customs documents

After Brexit, the pre-notification of customs documents via Portbase is mandatory at all ferry terminals and most shortsea terminals in the Netherlands. You can take care of this pre-notification yourself in your capacity as an exporter, but the forwarder, customs agent or, on occasion, transporter can do this as well. Make clear agreements about this! These Dutch (customs) forwarders could help you. Without pre-notification, the transporter will not be granted access to the terminal.

Step 4: Subscribe to the Portbase services

You use Portbase to digitally pre-notify cargo at shortsea and ferry terminals.

For export (cargo from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom): service Notification Export Documentation

After Brexit, you can use this existing service to pre-notify all export documents at shortsea and ferry terminals.

Take note! Additional information for existing customers of Notification Export Documentation

If you are an existing customer already using a system link-up, then a minor adjustment is required. The message specifications necessary for this are available here.

Costs and registration Notification Export Documentation

As a new participant, the one-off connection costs are € 249.50 (excluding VAT). The day-to-day usage is free of charge.

Step 5: Check beforehand whether the terminal has the customs documents

After the pre-notification, you can use Portbase to track the cargo in real-time. If necessary, you can still take action should something not be correct with the pre-notification.

For export (cargo from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom): service Track & Trace Export

Post-Brexit, this existing service will offer 24/7 insight into all export shipments at shortsea and ferry terminals as well: from the moment of arrival from the hinterland until the departure to sea. Your transporter is expected to use Track & Trace Export to verify whether the customs documents are known at the terminal prior to departing for said terminal. Without correctly pre-notified customs documents, the transporter will not be granted access to the terminal. His driver is then referred to a temporary parking location in the port area. In consultation with his planner or you as a client, the formalities can still be arranged.

Costs and registration Track & Trace Export
Track & Trace Export is part of Notification Export Documentation and is a web-based service. After registration for Notification Export Documentation, the use of this service is free of charge.

Read all the details in the Get Ready for Brexit handbook.

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