Port of Rotterdam Warns UK Exporters of Transport Controls

The Port of Rotterdam announced that UK shippers importing or exporting goods via the Netherlands will have to notify a digital system for processing containers through large ships and ferry terminal.

The Port of Rotterdam announced that UK shippers importing or exporting goods via the Netherlands will have to notify a digital system for processing containers through large ships and ferry terminals under their new joint campaign.

The joint campaign required shippers to complete their declaration paperwork digitally before they arrive at the port.

Last December 1, HGV drivers carrying cargo to and from British ports were given flyers saying that on that day forward, Rijkswaterstaat will be displaying the Get Ready for Brexit message on matrix signs above motorways leading to the ports.

Port of Rotterdam Spokesperson Leon Willems added that those who failed to complete digital paperwork, their trucks will be sent to an emergency truck parking area to complete their application.

“If you don’t have your paperwork ready, there is no transport … it’s not an easy message, but it has to be a clear message,” warned Brexit coordinator Roel van ‘t Veld.

The joint campaign was reportedly aimed at reminding drivers and their customers of the changes that would be implemented in Dutch ports on 1 January 2021 as a result of Brexit. 

The Netherlands has already recruited more than 900 customs officers and upgraded technology for customs in preparation for the additional needs to process cargo from the UK in 2021.


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