The establishment of the border inspection post will make it possible to import veterinary products from outside the EU directly into Belgium. Packaged animal products can arrive directly by seagoing vessel in Ghent and be inspected there. Animal products arriving by seagoing vessel in Antwerp can also be transferred directly to another ship and transported to Ghent along the Scheldt and the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal.
Goods such as meat, fish and gelatine but also ingredients for animal feed, for example, can now be inspected in Ghent.
Everything under one roof
The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FAVV) is responsible for the checks. Customs will immediately make sure all the required documents are in order. In future they will be able to inspect containers, examine samples in the laboratory and perform administrative operations under one roof. This more efficient service will ensure a smoother flow of the goods entering the port.
The border inspection post will make the import of veterinary products from outside the EU a lot simpler for those who choose to use North Sea Port. As a multimodal deep-sea port, North Sea Port is the ideal base for transport further inland – for example by means of container transhipment – thanks to its extensive network of hinterland connections.