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.

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Pre-lodgement and temporary storage: the applications by Dutch ferry operators

Each ferry operator in the Netherlands decides for itself which Border Entry model it chooses to use. Check the overview  here.

Temporary storage and pre-lodgement models change UK imports as per 1 January 2022 – Since 1 January, the UK government allows two different models for the entry of cargo into the UK.
A brief overview:

Model 1: Temporary storage

Goods entering the UK may be stored at a temporary storage facility at the border (often the terminal) for up to 90 days. As a transporter, nothing will change in your booking process or terminal visit. After having been declared to British Customs by the importer or their representative, the goods travel on to their final destination.

Model 2: Pre-lodgement

The British importer or their representative already submit the declaration before the ferry departs from the Netherlands. The transporter in the European Union must also take action before commencing to drive. Upon arrival in the UK, the cargo can next usually immediately continue, or the driver may be referred to an Inland Border Facility (IBF) for inspection.

When temporary storage, when pre-lodgement?

It is up to the British ports themselves to determine which access model(s) they want to use. The ports served by the Dutch ferry operators allow both models. Check this schedule for each ferry operator to see when temporary storage applies to your cargo and when pre-lodgement.

No more deferral of import declarations in the UK – Since the 1st of January 2022, the British importer (or their representative) must immediately submit an import declaration (temporary storage) upon arrival of the cargo in the UK; in the case of pre-lodgement, this must have already been submitted. Only then is the cargo allowed to proceed. With that, the British government is ending the transitional arrangement for a six-month postponement of import declarations.

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Seek coordination with your chain partners in the UK
The new working method, which has been effective from the 1st of January 2022, makes it even more important that import declarations on the British side are always completed correctly and on time. Be sure to properly coordinate this with your British counterparts.

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.

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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.

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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

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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).

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