Belgium’s Port of Zeebrugge unveiled two tools to allow a fluent flow of cargo to and from the UK, in view of the extra customs administrations which will be implemented after the Brexit deadline. The two tools are presented under the development of the RX/SeaPort data sharing platform, an initiative of the Zeebrugge port authority and APZI, the Association of Port of Zeebrugge interests. It is a platform which offers a digital connection between all links in the logistical chain.
According to Wim Fossaert, Commercial Director RX/SeaPort, the platform will ensure a minimization of the Brexit impact after 29 March, by improving the operational efficiency and creating more transparency in the logistical chain. Every week, more than 70 regular shipping services connect Zeebrugge to UK regions.
Namely the first tool is WIZARD, focusing on the impact of Brexit on the logistical process, namely the transportation of goods to (export) and from (import) the UK through a Belgian port. Each phase of the import and export flow is illustrated: booking & pre-announcement, customs declaration, guidelines and procedures for departure and arrival at the terminal.
The second tool the Port has developed is a digital system, E-Desk Ferry, which focuses particularly on ferry transportation. Through the system, export users (consigners, freight forwarders, etc.) notify the terminal operator of the arrival of their cargo. This notification contains the type of document, customs office, MRN number, unit number, terminal and booking reference.
This data is continuously available for the terminal operator, which creates digital transparency and prevents waiting periods at the terminals. In the case of import, users will notify the terminal operator about the cargo’s customs status with corresponding customs document numbers (MRN). Based on this information, the cargo can be released for transport. Short sea traffic can make use of the existing systems E-Desk Container and E-Desk Roro.
After months of preparation with all the stakeholders, we are very happy to present the first tools of RX/SeaPort to process the UK-cargo digitally after Brexit. This is an optimization of the logistical chain in Zeebrugge and will result in a seamless flow of traffic and cargo,
…stated Marc Adriansens, voorzitter APZI.
RX/SeaPort is a digital platform for all parties, including logistical companies, terminals, shipping lines and government institutes such as customs and port authorities. Through one unique connection, data and information is shared.