The Brexit took place on 31 January 2020. On that specific day, however, not much actually changed. The Brexit ‘deal’ calls for a period of transition which will end on 31 December 2020. This means that the existing rules, including those governing import and export, will remain in effect until the end of 2020. The following information concerns preparations to be taken for 2021, both by the European administrator and by North Sea Port and the companies in its port area.

How can we be of service?

North Sea Port is supporting the business community in their preparation for the Brexit through various initiatives. We are, for instance, facilitating their contact with relevant authorities such as Customs. Via a lobbying initiative, we are promoting legislative measures that might serve to mitigate the negative impact of the Brexit. And we are organising round-table discussions for stakeholders, aimed at informing all the parties involved. 

On this page, you will find a list of contact addresses for the Netherlands and Belgium. You can turn to these authorities for information or training courses to help your business prepare for the Brexit.


For general information on the Brexit, help in getting ready or referrals to direct points of contact at the relevant authorities, you can contact us at

Brexit Impact Scan

Be sure to consult the Brexit Impact Scan, an online tool that lets you check whether your business is ready for the transition. Based on a questionnaire, the tool identifies various matters you should keep in mind. It will also provide you with advice on import and export, selecting a base of operations, transport, using digital services, suppliers, intellectual property and competition and the market.

The information in the tool can be updated quickly at any time. This means the scan always provides up-to-date results and offers you an accurate indication of the Brexit's potential consequences for your business.

Brexit Impact Scan for the Netherlands

Brexit Impact Scan for Belgium

Contact addresses

Many authorities are offering information in connection with the Brexit. We have listed a number of sources of information for the Netherlands and Belgium here for your convenience. All listed websites are in Dutch.

For Dutch companies

For Belgian companies

Data sharing

When importing and exporting goods to and from the UK, it is important to have the correct formalities in place and ready for terminals, data systems, Customs and other government agencies. It is also vital to know where the cargo is located and what journey a seagoing vessel is making and planning.

Regular liner services between the United Kingdom and the European mainland

North Sea Port is a logistical hub and a true multimodal port. Conveniently located on the doorstep to the United Kingdom. As a deepsea port in the Hamburg - Le Havre range, right at the heart of Western Europe and along the major North Sea-Rhine-Mediterranean corridor, we are positioned at the crossroads of the European transport possibilities. Because of this, we receive ships from the United Kingdom and all around the world. We forward goods on into Europe – and beyond – thanks to an extensive network of hinterland connections via inland waterways, rail and pipeline.

See also our regular liner services to and from the United Kingdom, Europe and more distant destinations.

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