How does the Dutch port solution for Brexit work ?

In order to make use of the chainwide solution for Brexit in the Dutch ports, companies have to complete 5 steps together with their chain partners. The ferry and shortsea terminals have decided that without pre-notified customs documents via Portbase, the driver will not be granted access, meaning the cargo cannot be transported. Only in this way will the ’digital border’ function and ensure a speedier procedure compared to labour-intensive manual inspections.

Does the Dutch port solution for Brexit relate to the process on the UK side as well?

No; you can read more about that here.

Will Customs perform fewer inspections because of the port solution?

Customs performs risk-based inspections. As part of this, it also verifies whether the correct formalities have been completed (e.g. the presence of an export declaration, otherwise the shipment is prohibited from leaving).
The solution will consequently not lead to a reduction in the number of inspections. The starting point of Dutch Customs is smart supervision with minimum disruption to the logistics chain, under the assumption that all formalities have been completed. The process that has been automated in the ports via Get Ready for Brexit makes this possible.

Do all ferry companies use the Portbase solution?

Yes, Portbase is working on a solution for Stena Line (Hook of Holland, Europoort), CldN (Rotterdam), DFDS (Vlaardingen and IJmuiden) and P&O Ferries (Europoort).