The United Kingdom is set to withdraw from the European Union on 29 March 2019. When it does, the Brexit will be a reality. When the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, that act will create Customs obligations for businesses in the form of declarations and inspections of the flow of goods.
The introduction of Customs formalities will yield mutual responsibility and dependence within the chain. Incoming and outgoing cargoes will be subject to Customs inspections and cannot be picked up for further transport unless:
• summary and detailed declarations have been submitted;
• the cargo has stopped at Customs at the point of entry and exit (the port);
• Customs has had an opportunity to inspect the cargo if desired.
Portbase’s solutions ensure the entire chain is able to provide and reuse automated data for the purpose of various notifications and declarations. These solutions are of proven value to both the incoming and outgoing chains of deepsea container transport. These chains rely heavily on the process which has been automated by Portbase. Reuse of data reduces the number of mistakes, speeds up the logistical and port processes and allows each party to minimise their respective liability and administrative burden. What’s more, it streamlines the logistical and scheduling process for all parties involved, in many cases allowing formalities to be handled more quickly and in advance.
Joint campaign ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ sets the logistical chain in motion
Portbase is collaborating with port business association Deltalinqs, interest groups FENEX, evofenedex, and Transport and Logistics Netherlands (TLN)/AFTO, Dutch Customs, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Amsterdam Port Authority, ferry operators and shortsea terminals to create a single Dutch chain solution for Brexit in the Dutch ports that complies with European legislation. One component of this collaboration is a joint informational campaign called ‘Get Ready for Brexit’. This campaign is aimed primarily at informing exporters, importers, forwarders, Customs agents and hauliers with regard to the steps they need to take now to ensure that, following the Brexit, they will be able to import and export goods quickly through Dutch ports. For comprehensive information on this joint Dutch approach, visit www.getreadyforbrexit.eu/en/.