PortBase and cooperating sector organisations in Dutch ports have launched the ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ initiative to support the entire logistics chain in the run-up to Brexit.

The initiative was launched through the www.getreadyforbrexit.eu website. It is designed to enable the exporters, importers and their logistics service providers in the Netherlands to move their cargo quickly to the UK once the country leaves the European Union (EU).

The campaign website is expected to alert and activate the stakeholders in the logistic chain.

It includes client journeys for different groups to demonstrate the action that needs to be taken in order to import or export quickly through Dutch ports after Brexit, which is scheduled to take place on 29 March.

The cooperating organisations have asked the logistics chain to follow a single approach for Brexit in Dutch ports.

The single approach is anticipated to guarantee easy handling of the customs formalities that will emerge post-Brexit.

PortBase managing director Iwan van der Wolf said: “As national Port Community System, PortBase has a coordinating role in making the necessary joint agreements and in the development of the required IT process.

“A lot has already been achieved in recent months, and a central working method has been embraced by all participating parties.

“The single approach is anticipated to guarantee easy handling of the customs formalities that will emerge post-Brexit.”

“But there’s no time to sit on our laurels, as 29 March will be here before we know it. And we really need to be ready.”

Besides PortBase, port entrepreneur organisation Deltalinqs, interest organisation FENEX, evofenedex and Transport and Logistics Nederland / AFTO are involved in the ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ initiative.

Since September, port authorities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, as well as ferry operators and shortsea terminals have been working with Dutch customs to develop a single Dutch chain solution for Brexit in Dutch ports.

The partnership resulted in the digital and automated handling of customs formalities.