A study by the Dutch government presented on the 1 July shows that Dutch companies are less aware of and less prepared for the impact of Brexit than they were in 2019.
However, it is important to take action right now. Otherwise, the terminal barrier will not open and your cargo will come to a standstill in the port on the 1 January 2021. The chain-wide Get Ready for Brexit solution prevents this. Participation in the chain solution is mandatory at all Dutch ferry terminals and most shortsea terminals. You will only be granted access to the terminal with a digitally pre-notified customs document. It may take a while to prepare, but it is more than worth it. Properly preparing means your cargo will continue to smoothly move through our ports after the 1st of January as well. Together, we can prevent delays. Get Ready for Brexit will help you get started!
View the Dutch solution in 3 minutes
In 3 minutes, this animation will show you the five simple steps of the Get Ready For Brexit solution.
Are your chain partners ready as well?
In the Dutch chain-wide solution for the upcoming customs formalities, every link in the logistics chain has a task. No matter how well-prepared you may be, your cargo will still come to a standstill in the port if other parties you work with fail to do so. Check how far your chain partners are with their preparations and make proper agreements about the five steps in order to be Ready for Brexit in time. Prepare right now!
The first step is arranging your customs formalities
An essential first step in the Get Ready for Brexit solution is the completion of customs formalities, such as submitting an import or export declaration to Customs. As an importer/exporter, you can do this yourself or you can use a customs broker. You may also require one or more customs licenses. In addition, you may have to deal with inspections for animal products or additional rules for the transport of waste, for example. Customs has clearly listed everything you need to know on its website. Start your preparations today and make proper agreements about the necessary steps with your chain partners.
As a haulier, prevent your trucks from coming to a standstill in the port
As a haulier, you also have an important task in the Get Ready for Brexit solution. You can perform several of the five required steps for your clients. There is one step you should always perform though! Before your driver departs for a shortsea terminal or ferry terminal, check the status of the cargo via the Portbase services Import Status and Track & Trace Export. Only dispatch a driver after you have been given the green light by the terminal.
You have made all the preparations, but how do things actually work in practice?
You have registered with Customs, made sure that customs declarations are submitted in time, subscribed to the various Portbase services and made careful agreements with your chain partners about the division of tasks. You are Ready for Brexit in every aspect. What matters now is that you are able to properly use this in practice as of the 1 January 2021. The various partners in Get Ready for Brexit will support you in this in the coming months:
- Ferry operators and shortsea shipping lines will each use their own channels to guide you through their renewed booking processes and booking portals for Brexit.
- Through an extensive support solution, Portbase will make sure that you can properly get started with the various services. At Portbase Support, you will among other things find instructional videos, quick guides and answers to frequently asked questions. Furthermore, the user is guided through a service step by step during a first visit.