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. In this respect the port authority takes a number of initiatives (establishment of a digital data platform  RX/Seaport in cooperation with the private port community, consultations with companies, contacts on the various political levels …). In addition we cooperate with a number of public authorities in order to become entirely Brexit proof.

RX/Seaport will make the Port of Zeebrugge BREXIT-proof by putting all necessary stakeholders together in one platform. Like this all data required for the administration of the BREXIT will be digitally processed. The final goal is that the traffic flow does not get interrupted because of the BREXIT related document flow.

With regard to the Brexit preparations the Belgian customs is a major partner of Port of Zeebrugge. The customs is anticipating the Brexit, amongst others by hiring an additional 141 staff members. Customs is asking 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. If you need a AEO or another customs related licence, please apply for in the short run. 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 having 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 recently published a Brexit fact sheet. A summary of all the important information that businesses need to know in preparation of the brexit. While negotiations between the EU and the UK are still running, a ‘no deal’ scenario is still a possibility. Therefore we suggest that companies try to prepare their business as well as possible. For more information:  https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/factsheet-preparing-withdrawal-brexit-preparedness-web_0.pdf

 

The commission also published a ‘preparedness paper’ for companies. In this paper there’s  information about which European regulations will no longer exist after the brexit, and what consequences they will have in each industry. Here you’ll find a complete overview:  https://ec.europa.eu/info/brexit/brexit-preparedness/preparedness-notices_en

 

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