Monday, October 14, 2019

How the Major Dutch Ports Intend to Cope with a No Deal Brexit

Agency Cooperation to Try and Ensure Few Delays
Shipping News Feature

NETHERLANDS – UK – Following the boss at the Swedish Port of Gothenburg expressing his view of post Brexit trade comes a joint release from the Netherlands as to how those responsible for moving freight through the major Dutch ports see things developing in case of a no-deal scenario.

The authorities, including Customs, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, the Port of Amsterdam Authority, PortBase and the involved municipalities say they are working hard in a coordinated fashion to minimise the effect of Britain leaving the EU this month without an agreement in place. The object is to prevent delays due to additional customs formalities at Rotterdam and Vlaardingen ferry terminals.

The partners say traffic circulation plans have been designed for this, and parking sites have been designated for any trucks that do not have the necessary paperwork to meet the new customs formalities that come into place as soon as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

The message should be loud and clear now to all international road haulage operators, freight forwarders and of course shippers that arriving at a port without the proper documentation is the surest way to the misery and expense of delays. In the case of the Netherlands both exporters and importers must register their cargo to or from the UK digitally via the the Dutch Port Community System PortBase website.

Notification on the PortBase site can be done by any vested interest, either the shipper, consignee or an outsource intermediary such as a forwarder, customs agent or carrier. What should be clear however is that this notification is compulsory at all ferry terminals and at the majority of the short-sea terminals. This Dutch say their supply chain solution for Brexit will enable cargo to pass through customs quickly and without unnecessary delay to and from the UK, even after Brexit.

The partners say that buffer parking sites will be established in the coming weeks for trucks that do not have the necessary paperwork. Truck drivers can use these locations to contact their client or transport planner to complete the necessary formalities.

The picture accompanying this story shows a map of these temporary buffer sites. In the unlikely event that this extra capacity is insufficient, parties have additional overflow areas in reserve. Moreover, Rijkswaterstaat, the executive agency of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, has discussed traffic control plans with all parties with the intention to safeguard efficient traffic flow.