As of 1 January 2021, customs formalities will apply to all freight traffic between the European Union and the United Kingdom. The Dutch ports are well prepared for this. A chain-wide solution for Brexit has been developed via Get Ready for Brexit. This solution means that cargo can continue to move swiftly through the Dutch ports after Brexit. Are you ready for Brexit yet?
In 2021, transport with the United Kingdom will always begin with a declaration to Customs. Once this has been done, these customs documents must be pre-announced digitally at the terminals via Portbase (the Port Community System for Dutch ports). After Brexit, the digital pre-notification of customs documents will be mandatory at all ferry terminals and most shortsea terminals.
We recommend to make clear agreements about who will perform this task within your logistics chain. Only then can your cargo continue to enter and leave the terminal swiftly.
No digital pre-notification means no access to the terminal. To prevent this, clear agreements on who does what is needed in all logistics chains. Get Ready for Brexit has brought that together in 5 easy steps.
General overview of the Brexit transition period
Get ready for Brexit - a flyer for transporters
Brexit will change your visit to the Dutch port terminals - a flyer for truck drivers, in 8 languages (EN, DE, NL, RUS, BG, HU, RO, PL)