Despite the UK – EU Trade Deal new border procedures still need to be adhered to from Friday, following the end of the Brexit Transition Period.
The UK – EU Trade Deal does not change what happens on the UK border and in our ports from this Friday 1 January 2021, there are still going to be new customs procedures that our freight customers need to comply with. While there will be no tariffs on goods entering and leaving the UK, the new requirements to complete export and import documentation remain and will need to be completed in full before transit.
We are asking our freight customers to be mindful that these are new procedures and systems that are in place, so as requested in our terms and conditions please check-in early.
Lastly, we can’t stress this strongly enough: Freight drivers need to have the required reference numbers before their trucks attempt to enter our ports. If they don’t have them they will not be permitted access. So please do not send your drivers to check-in unless they have the correct customs details confirmed or else your trucks will be turned away.
In the port of Holyhead, Fishguard in Wales and Cairnryan, in Scotland the local authorities in each area have put in place traffic management plans to deal and vehicles that are turned away due to not having the correct documentation.
Please check our guides on the new customs process for both the Irish Sea and the North Sea, as well as our other helpful advice for our freight customers if you are still unsure of the new post-Brexit procedures. All guides can be viewed here https://www.stenalinefreight.com/brexit/