The Port of Zeebrugge, Belgium, has revealed it is preparing for the upcoming Brexit deadline by implementing two solutions to allow the smooth flow of cargo between Belgium and the UK.
Zeebrugge is a trade hub for British distribution in Northwest Europe and welcomes 70 regular shipping services from the UK every week.
While extra customs administrations will be implemented after March 29th, the development of a data sharing platform by the Zeebrugge port authority and APZI, the Association of Port of Zeebrugge interests, is expected to offset some of the disruption.
According to a statement, the pair of solutions will facilitate the digital connection of all links in the logistics chain, increasing the fluency of cargo transport.
The first of the digital tools supported by the RX/SeaPort platform is WIZARD, which provides visibility for each phase of the import and export process, including booking & pre-announcement, customs declaration, and the departure and arrival of cargo at the terminal.
The second of the tools E-Desk Ferry focuses on ferry transportations and notifies the terminal operator of the arrival of their cargo, data which is continuously available to prevent long waiting periods.
— RX/SeaPort (@SeaportRx) March 5, 2019
Wim Fossaert, Commercial Director of RX/SeaPort, commented: “After March 29, the platform ensures a minimization of the Brexit impact, by improving the operational efficiency and creating more transparency in the logistical chain.”
Marc Adriansens, Chairman of APZI, added: “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.”