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Impact of Brexit on ferry traffic

Traditionally, ferry traffic between the Netherlands and the United Kingdom has served as an extended motorway across the water. Trucks arrive at the terminal, drive onto the ferry and immediately disembark again on the other side of the North Sea. Without the need for additional customs formalities. Brexit puts an end to this. At the ferry terminal, a truck without the correct customs documents immediately means the start of a traffic jam.

Brexit solution for ferry

Following Brexit, the customs information will always precede the cargo. This starts with an import or export declaration to Customs, after which the ferry operators are notified via Portbase. All ferry operators in the Netherlands will only consider trucks for which all customs data has been submitted in advance. From exporter, importer, freight forwarder and customs agent to transporter, terminal and shipping line: every link has its own specific responsibility in this. Together, we will ensure that ferry traffic from and to the United Kingdom will continue to run smoothly after Brexit.

These ferry operators are participating

 

What do I need to do?

If everyone consistently takes timely action and passes on the correct (customs) information, all cargo will continue to travel swiftly from and to the United Kingdom after Brexit. Read here what steps you need to take.

Impact of Brexit on shortsea traffic

Make timely preparations

In all cases, Brexit will always result in the introduction of customs formalities. Cargo without the proper customs documentation comes to a standstill in the port. Also in the case of shortsea. You can optimally prepare for your upcoming Brexit commitments. The proven chain solution for the deepsea sector via Portbase can be reused one-to-one in your sector. For this, every link must participate though.

Brexit solution for shortsea

Post-Brexit, the customs information for shortsea traffic always precedes the cargo. This starts with an import or export declaration to Customs, after which the shortsea terminals are informed via Portbase. The participating shortsea terminals will only accept the delivery or collection of cargo for which all the customs information has been submitted in advance. From exporter, importer, freight forwarder and customs agent to transporter, terminal and shipping line: every link has its own individual responsibility in this. Together, we will ensure that shortsea traffic from and to the United Kingdom will continue to flow smoothly after Brexit as well.

These shortsea terminals and shipping companies are participating

What do I need to do?

When all parties consistently take action in time and pass on the correct (customs) information, cargo will continue to travel smoothly to and from the United Kingdom after Brexit. Read here what steps you need to take.

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