Supply chain solutions for Brexit in Dutch ports

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28 January 2019

Supply chain solutions for Brexit in Dutch ports

Do you trade with the UK? Then you’ll probably know that Brexit would mean that the UK becomes a third country. This will inevitably lead to customs formalities in both short sea shipping and ferry shipping. In the case of a no-deal Brexit, this may apply from as early as 29 March 2019.

Supply chain dependency and supply chain responsibility

These new customs formalities mean that the various links in the supply chain will have to share information in order to comply with their own customs formalities and help the other links in the supply chain meet theirs. If this doesn’t happen, it is likely to lead to a delay in logistics, additional administrative burdens, and possible financial risks.

Quick processing in Dutch ports

Together with the ferry companies, interest groups, and the port authorities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Portbase is developing a single solution for the whole supply chain that ensures that cargo can continue to be transported quickly via Dutch ports after Brexit. Similar to container transport that takes place via the large container terminals, the method ensures 100% digital and automated processing of customs formalities, with optimal reuse of data. One single working method and a single entrance via Portbase is created for and at all terminals for both short sea shipping and ferry shipping. But for this chain-wide solution to work, it is essential that each party in the logistics chain participates and prepares.

Please note: all ferry terminals in the Netherlands will make this joint solution mandatory after Brexit. The majority of short sea terminals have also embraced this approach.

Let op: Alle ferryterminals in Nederland stellen deze gezamenlijke oplossing na de Brexit verplicht; ook het merendeel van de shortsea-terminals heeft deze aanpak omarmd.

Changes to your current Portbase services

The Notification Import Documentation and Notification Export Documentation services that you use are an important part of the Dutch supply chain solution for Brexit in the Dutch ports. As a result of Brexit, we will have to make changes to these services. The renewal of the Import Documentation Notification service and the adaptation of the Export Documentation Notification service makes both customs documents suitable for advance notification at container terminals as well as at ferry terminals (new!).

Get Ready for Brexit

‘Get Ready for Brexit’ is a joint campaign initiated by a large number of parties to inform exporters, importers, freight forwarders, customs agents, and transporters about the steps they need to take now in order to transport quickly via the Dutch ports after Brexit. Read all the information about the Dutch strategy for Brexit at

Source: Portbase.

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