Brexit Customs Problems Begin at Holyhead and Dover

2021-01-09 12:54:48 International Ports News

Ireland's customs agency has introduced a workaround for British exporters who are having trouble completing the paperwork required for international shipments between the UK and Ireland. Before January 1, both were within the EU customs union and trade could pass between them with few impediments; now that the Brexit transition period has ended, shippers must complete extensive customs declarations for cross-border movement of goods.

Because of difficulties in completing the forms ferry operator Stena Line has canceled 12 sailings over the next five days

Due to the disruption caused by businesses' difficulties in completing the forms, top Britain-to-Ireland ferry operator Stena Line has canceled 12 sailings over the next five days. Freight volumes have fallen and ro/ro ferries have been running at low capacity, the firm says, and trucks carrying cargoes without the right paperwork have been denied permission to board at the key Irish Sea port of Holyhead

A spl code for PBN paperwork given by Ireland's revenue service

In response, Ireland's revenue service is giving shippers a special code to use for their Pre-Boarding Notification (PBN) paperwork when they can't create one the usual way "due to the absence of key information or because of other impediments."

on France-bound routes,  negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to boarding.

Truckers and passengers face an additional hurdle on France-bound routes: as the UK enters its third COVID-19 lockdown, all individuals are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to boarding. All are advised to obtain a free test at one of three dozen available sites before arriving at Dover in order to reduce congestion.

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