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Everything you need to know about Brexit

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Any transport to the United Kingdom will require a customs declaration from 1 January onwards and the customs document to be pre-notified at the ferry or short sea terminal.

Your cargo quickly through the port

Whether you are a driver, carrier, freight forwarder, importer or exporter, everyone must prepare themselves and make good arrangements with each other. By taking action together now, cargo will always be able to pass through our port quickly. Arrange it immediately and ensure that your chain partners do the same. Only together can we prevent delays. With only such a short time left to go, now is the time for action!

Information for shipping

All ocean shipping should register a call at the Port of Rotterdam with the harbour master in advance. Please click on the links for more information for visiting Sea shipping and inland shipping.

Information for exporters and importers

After the United Kingdom has exited the European Union (EU), it will no longer be an EU member state. Procedures are needed at customs to import and export between EU member states and the UK. After Brexit, Dutch companies must complete Customs declarations for exports and imports. In the event of a so-called hard Brexit, there will be no transition period - importers and exporters will notice the consequences immediately.

In addition to the customs regulations, you could also be confronted with other formalities such as inspections for animal products or additional regulations for the import and export of waste. The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) is calling on businesses that supply freight to clients in the United Kingdom or that receive freight from the United Kingdom, to register in time on the digital systems that are needed for the application and processing of import and export inspections and certificates.

Information for road transport

After the United Kingdom has exited the European Union (EU), it will no longer be an EU member state. Procedures are needed at customs to import and export between EU member states and the UK. After Brexit, Dutch companies must complete Customs declarations for exports and imports. Regulations will change for ferry freight transport after Brexit.

Prior to transport, at least three formalities must be in order:

  1. Booking at the ferry company.
  2. Customs declaration of the freight being transported.
  3. Registration of the customs documentation via PortBase.

If the transport does not meet these three conditions, the truck driver will be refused access to the ferry terminal. Truck drivers are therefore advised to drive to ferry terminals only after their customs declaration for their cargo has been made and customs documents have been registered in advance. More information is available from www.getreadyforbrexit.eu

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