Dutch Ports Launches "Get Ready for Brexit"

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

January 27, 2019

Image: Port of Rotterdam Authority

Image: Port of Rotterdam Authority

The cooperating sector organisations in Dutch ports together with PortBase launched the campaign website www.getreadyforbrexit.eu that guides companies quickly through Dutch ports.

According to a release from the Port of Rotterdam Authority, 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 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 will 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.

Iwan van der Wolf, Managing Director of PortBase said: "As national Port Community System, PortBase has a coordinating role in making the necessary joint agreements and in the development of the required IT process. A lot has already been achieved in recent months, and a central working method has been embraced by all participating parties. But there’s no time to sit on our laurels, as 29 March will be here before we know it. And we really need to be ready."

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