BREXIT

Port of Zeebrugge remains hub of excellence after Brexit !

 

Port of Zeebrugge constitutes an important gateway for traffic flows to and from the UK and prepares itself to remain the hub of excellence after the Brexit.

The development of the RX/SeaPort data sharing platform is an initiative of the Zeebrugge port authority and APZI, the Association of Port of Zeebrugge interests. It is a platform which offers a digital connection between all links in the logistical chain.

RX/SeaPort has launched a WIZARD, focussing on the impact of Brexit on the logistical process, namely the transportation of goods to (Export) and from (Import) the UK through a Belgian port. Each phase of the import and export flow is illustrated: booking & pre-announcement, customs declaration, guidelines and procedures for departure and arrival at the terminal. The wizard is available via https://rxseaport.eu/en/

RX/SeaPort has developed a digital system, E-Desk Ferry, which focusses particularly on ferry transportations. Through the system, export users (consigners, freight forwarders,..) notify the terminal operator of the arrival of their cargo. This notification contains the type of document, customs office, MRN number, unit number, terminal and booking reference. This data is continuously available for the terminal operator, which creates digital transparency and prevents waiting periods at the terminals. In the case of import, users will notify the terminal operator about the cargo’s customs status with corresponding customs document numbers (MRN). Based on this information, the cargo can be released for transport.

With regard to the Brexit preparations the Belgian customs is a major partner of Port of Zeebrugge. Anticipating the Brexit, they are hiring an additional 141 staff members. Customs urges all the companies which do not yet have an Economic Operator Registration and Identification number (EORI) to apply for an EORI. This is a European requirement for all market players who are dealing with customs. More information on the Brexit and FAQ : https://financien.belgium.be/nl/douane_accijnzen/ondernemingen/brexit. For specific questions you can contact the department Economic Support on the following address da.mf.es@minfin.fed.be or contact your regional representative.

Belgian customs prepared a number of useful product fiches, offering compact information on authorizations that might be useful with regard to the Brexit: https://finance.belgium.be/en/customs_excise/enterprises/brexit/product-advice-sheets.

Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT) offers specific support to companies with a strong focus on the UK.  These companies are eligible for assistance. Find a useful brochure via https://www.flandersinvestmentandtrade.com/export/sites/trade/files/pages/BrochureFichesBrexit.pdf

Also have a look at the website of FAVV, if your company is handling products of animal and plant origin : http://www.afsca.be/professionelen/

General information on the Brexit can be found on the website of the European Commission https://ec.europa.eu/info/brexit_en

The European Commission published a Brexit fact sheet, a summary of all the important information that businesses need to know in preparation of brexit. https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/factsheet-preparing-withdrawal-brexit-preparedness-web_0.pdf

The European commission is intensifying preparations for a No Deal Brexit and encourages European companies to do the same. To support these companies, the Commission published a Customs Guide for corporations: https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/uk-withdrawal-nl. Also, a Brexit checklist is available online: https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/sites/taxation/files/brexit_checklist_for_traders_en.pdf.

 

In case you have questions with regard to the Brexit, you can send a message to brexitproof@portofzeebrugge.be