Transport movements between the EU and the UK have become more complicated. There are more customs formalities and longer waits. The new situation particularly affects just-in-time deliveries and perishable goods transports.
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This information is based on the agreement between the EU and the UK.
Free freight traffic licence cancelled
The UK no longer has a licence for free freight traffic licence in the EU. EU freight hauliers can perform up to two (instead of three) cabotage transports inside the UK, so for instance Rotterdam - London - Manchester - Newcastle - Rotterdam.
Five steps for transporting to the UK
- Comply with the transport company rules
- Pre-notify your export documents with Portbase
- Check the buffer parking locations and rules
- Map your route
- Start your transport, keep following developments
CEMT or Euro licences, professional qualifications and insurance
- If you have a Euro licence, you may continue to use it. You do not need a CEMT licence. Did you already acquire a CEMT licence, that you will not need? You may return it to NIWO. Check the NIWO website (in Dutch) to find out more.
- Check the licences for professional goods transports outside the EU and the professional qualifications for UK personnel. You will have to have licences for non-EU professional goods transports. Transporting goods yourself may turn out to be more expensive, since you invest in transport means.
- You have to deal with customs procedures for goods transport.
- You have to pre-notify transports that travel via Dutch ferry and shortsea terminals with Portbase. You can find a step-by-step explanation on who needs to do what on the Get Ready for Brexit website.
- You need transport documents. Which ones you need depend on the type of transport: by road, rail, ship or air.
- Check the packaging requirements for your goods in the Netherlands, and find out what the rules for importing packaging wood (like wooden pallets) are.
- Make sure your transport insurance is in order. Damages sustained in the UK may not be covered by your current policy. If that is the case, take out additional insurance.
- For international transports, use the ICC Incoterms®. These are international standard contracts for goods transport. In the contract, you and your customer or supplier put down in writing who is responsible for which part of the transport and who is liable at which point.
- For information on British Customs procedures, check the UK Border Operating Model.
- Do you transport goods to the Republic of Ireland via the UK? You will face border formalities twice: at the EU-UK border, and the UK-RoI border. For more information, check the Dutch Customs website.
Ferry and shortsea terminals: a 5-step to do list
Buffer parkings in the Port of Rotterdam area
Q&A about the Brexit
There is an extensive Q&A about the Brexit Trade Agreement available on the website of the European Commission. It explains what the new rules mean for different sectors, such as trade in goods, fisheries and road transport. There are nine chapters in total and you can search per sector. At the top you can choose your language. You can find answers to questions such as: What was agreed to facilitate trade in automotive? How does the Agreement contribute to trade and sustainable development? Will air carriers still have the same rights to operate between and within the EU and the UK? Note that this Q&A was published in December 2020 and therefore speaks of a draft agreement.
- Rijkswaterstaat offers more information on the Brexit preparations of the government and other stakeholders (in Dutch).
- TLN is the sector organisation for Netherlands-based transport and logistics businesses.
- evofenedex represents the interests of Dutch trade and production companies with logistic or international operations.
- Employer organisation VNO-NCW connects around 155 sector organisations.
- MKB Nederland represents circa 170,000 SME businesses in the Netherlands.