What’s happening in the European Union

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What’s happening in the European Union

Exports from Great Britain to Ireland must receive export clearance in Great Britain and must be pre-declared for importation into Ireland. Details of the import declaration or transit form are recorded in an electronic document wallet called a PBN (Pre-Boarding Notification).
Click here for the Pre-Boarding Notification

Ireland from Great Britain

Customs will process the declaration whilst the ferry is at sea and if your goods are released, they can travel straight out of the port on arrival. If further checks are required, then the vehicle will not be allowed to leave the port. It is vital that arrangements are in place to declare your goods even before you book the transport with us.

France from Great Britain

Exports from Great Britain to France must receive export clearance in Great Britain and must be pre-declared for importation into France, the import declaration or transit form will have to be completed before your goods can leave Great Britain. The declaration must be ready at check-in for the ferry. Customs will process the declaration whilst the ferry is at sea and if your goods are released, they can travel straight out of the port on arrival. If further checks are required, then the vehicle will not be allowed to leave the port. It is vital that arrangements are in place to declare your goods even before you book the transport with us.

Details of the French Smart Border can be found here.

The Netherlands and Belgium from Great Britain

It is possible that goods can leave the UK before they are declared to Dutch or Belgian customs, but it is best that arrangements are made in advance to declare your goods to customs when they arrive in The Netherlands or Belgium. This will prevent your goods being delayed.

Your broker will have to use the Portbase platform in Rotterdam and the RX/Seaport platform in Zeebrugge to communicate with customs and these platforms will control messaging between brokers, the ports and the shipping companies.

From the European Union to Great Britain

The exporter in the EU needs to arrange for declaration to be submitted to customs, this declaration should be submitted at the point the goods are ready to leave the loading place.  This declaration will create an MRN number that needs to be shared with P&O Ferrymasters so that the goods can be cleared for exit at the port of departure from the European Union. It will not be possible to enter an EU port unless the MRN is available, your vehicle will be turned away and your goods will be delayed. 

Please note that the information contained within this document is not exhaustive. While we will make every effort to keep you updated, we recommend that you use the latest information from the EU and UK governments.  

Contact:

P&O Ferrymasters - Email: brexit@pofm.com


Useful websites

Dutch Government

Belgium - Brexit Impact Scan - Dutch Version

Belgium - Brexit Impact Scan - French Version

Belgium Customs

French Government

German Customs

Spanish Brexit Advice

Italian Government

Polish Government

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