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Brexit Checklist - North Sea

Brexit Checklist - North Sea

I am a freight ferry customer of the ferry service North Sea routes

If the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, as a freight ferry customer or carrier you need to be aware of the following:

1: Remember to get Movement Reference Numbers

For export from the UK to the EU, you and your driver need to have Movement Reference Numbers (MRNs) for export declarations for each consignment.

For export from the EU to the UK, you also need Movement Reference Numbers (MRN) for both export and import declarations for each consignment.

You will usually get the MRNs from your customer or his agent. Without MRNs, the driver will not be able to enter the terminal. The MRNs are proof that the export/transit and import customs documents are logged in the customs system.

YOU MAY NOT TRANSPORT CARGO ACROSS THE BORDER AFTER BREXIT WITHOUT MOVEMENT REFERENCE NUMBERS (MRNs) FOR CONSIGNMENTS.

2: Remember to log a Safety & Security Declaration for transports to the EU

According to current regulation, the carrier or his agent must log a Safety and Security Declaration in the customs system for each consignment when transporting goods to and from the EU. Proof of this will also be an MRN.

However, The UK has suspended its requirement for Safety & Security declaration for six months after Brexit.

Other countries, including France and the Netherlands, seem to be evaluating how they can cover the information need by existing information flow, but no official communication yet.

We recommend that you check up on this regularly on this page.

3: Remember Cargo Accompanying Documents for inspections

You may need the relevant physical documents (Commercial invoices and certificates and licenses) to accompany the cargo. These must be provided to you by your customer or his agent. Please inform your drivers that he will need those for inspections at the border. These may be included:

  • Transit accompanying documents (TAD)
  • Commercial invoices
  • Possible certificates and licenses

For EU imports: if the goods are of animal origin, or fruit and vegetables, there will normally be phytosanitary or veterinary inspections at special Border Inspection Points in or near the port.

For most other goods, there may occasionally be inspections.

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Special requirements for transport via DFDS Rotterdam (Vlaardingen)

When transporting via Vlaardingen, your export cargo (transport) must be booked in the Port Base via the web login. If you do not have one, please apply here:

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Special requirements for transport via DFDS Gothenburg

When transporting via Gothenburg, your export and import declaration per consignment will be reconciled through a customs management setup. Further details will follow.

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Passports

All drivers will also need a passport to cross the border, regardless of nationality or port of entry.

Safety & Security declaration

The need for Safety & Security Declaration is not yet fully clarified.

The UK has suspended its requirement for Safety & Security Declaration for six months after the Brexit date.

How it affects you:

Other countries, including France and the Netherlands, are currently evaluating how to cover the information needed through the existing information flow, but no official communication yet.

Carriers or agents transporting goods from the UK to Germany, Denmark or Sweden, still need to log a Safety & Security Declaration in the customs system for each consignment.

Matters are not yet fully clarified. To keep updated, we recommend that you check up on this regularly on this website or your country’s customs website.