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Monster campaign to ready Rotterdam drivers for Brexit

[ December 1, 2020   //   ]

The Port of Rotterdam held a Brexit Action Day on 1 December, handing out flyers to HGV drivers heading to or from British ports and displaying the Get Ready for Brexit message on matrix signs above motorways.

The joint campaign is to remind drivers and their customers of the changes that they can expect in the Dutch ports on 1 January 2021 as a result of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. From that date onwards, customs documents will need to be pre-announced digitally at the shortsea and ferry terminals through Portbase’s Port Community System and failure to do so will mean the driver will not be admitted to the terminals.

Port of Rotterdam Authority, Customs, Rijkswaterstaat and Portbase joined guests at the DFDS ferry terminal. Under the watchful eye of the Big Blue Brexit Monster (not, apparently, a reference to Boris Johnson despite the similarity of the hairstyles), drivers were given information about what is going to change for them during their visits to the terminals after 1 January 2021. The flyer has been written in eight languages and it also shows which temporary parking space drivers have to drive to if their customs documents are not in order. The port of Rotterdam has five buffer parking areas providing space for hundreds of trucks, along with a temporary lorry park at the port of IJmuiden.