From Zeebrugge there are various transport options to different places in the UK. Information about the possible routes can be found on the MBZ website.
For the transport via shortsea, little changes to the booking process to get goods into the UK. If you use liner services for RORO or containers, the necessary information is already available via the Bill of Lading (B/L). The conditions for the transport of goods by sea are laid down in this transport agreement. What changes are the extra customs formalities (see “step 2 – export declaration”).
For the transport via ferry, the booking process will change. Please note that the ferry companies will, after Brexit, impose different requirements for booking cargo to the UK. In the case of unaccompanied transport, the shipping company needs the necessary information to submit the safety and security declaration, the Entry Summary Declaration (ENS). However, the UK has suspended the submission of the ENS as a temporary measure for 6 months.
After the transitional period of 6 months, the ENS will have to be submitted for all goods that are on board of the vessel and brought into the UK. It therefore does not matter whether the goods are unloaded or in which UK port the goods will be unloaded. Customs simply want to know what is on board of a vessel. The deadline for submitting the ENS is likely to be set at 2 hours before arrival at the first port in the UK. No B/L is available for ferry traffic. This means that the following information must be made available to the ferry company:
Pre-registration of customs data via the e-Desk: via the e-Desk the user (freight forwarder, importer, ...) notifies the terminal operator of the customs status of the cargo with the accompanying customs document numbers (MRNs). The necessary data can be entered manually or via 'multi-insert' via the web application or automatically via a connection with most customs software applications. The terminal operator can request this data permanently and is thus informed that a customs document is available for your goods. On the basis of this information, the cargo can be released for transport.Read more
Via the RX dashboard the importer, his representative and the haulier receive timely insight into the different statuses of their cargo, via a handy track & trace system.Read more