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Brexit guide for Dutch ports

Together with PortBase, the cooperating sector organisations in Dutch ports launched the campaign website www.getreadyforbrexit.eu. This enables exporters, importers and their logistics service providers to see at a glance what they need to do to transport their cargo quickly to the United Kingdom after Brexit. The launch of the website signalled the start of the international information campaign that aims to support the entire logistics chain in the run up to Brexit.

The website focuses on informing and activating parties in the logistic chain, such as importers, exporters, carriers and freight forwarders. ‘Client journeys’ have been established per target group to show step-by-step which action needs to be taken by whom and when in order to import or export quickly via Dutch ports after 29 March 2019. The cooperating parties have asked the logistics chain to participate in a joint solution for Brexit in Dutch ports. The uniform approach aims to ensure smooth handling of the customs formalities that will arise as a result of Brexit.


The Get Ready for Brexit initiators are PortBase, port entrepreneur organisation Deltalinqs, interest organisation FENEX, evofenedex and Transport and Logistics Nederland/AFTO. The port authorities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, ferry operators and shortsea terminals have worked together with Dutch customs since last September toward one Dutch chain solution for Brexit in Dutch ports; a solution that satisfies European legislation. Both for shortsea and ferry traffic there will be one access for all terminals. The organisations claim this will enable smart Customs checks, with minimum intrusion on the process.


The approaching Brexit is creating a new reality for the logistics chains between the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Whatever the outcomes of the political negotiations: each form of Brexit will result in customs formalities for shortsea and ferry traffic. In the case no deal, this will happen immediately after 29 March 2019.

The organisations stated that to enable the Dutch port solution to work, each link in the logistics chain must participate and prepare in time. If one party doesn’t succeed in meeting the customs formalities in time, everyone in the chain will come to a standstill. It claims that if everyone takes timely action and forwards the correct customs information, after Brexit all cargo will continue to travel quickly via Dutch ports from and to the United Kingdom.

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