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We’re ready for Brexit says Cuxhaven

[ December 21, 2020   //   ]

The port of Cuxhaven says that it is well-prepared for the end of Brexit transition on 31 December. The Germany gateway, around 70% of whose traffic is to and from Great Britain says that its unaccompanied traffic should not be affected by the need for customs clearance. Port businesses, customs officials and shipping companies “have been working in high gear for the last 24 months” to ensure that traffic continues to flow smoothly, it says.

Terminal operators and shipping companies in Cuxhaven involved in trades to/from England have renewed their AEO status to speed customs processing for third party countries, such as for the UK after Brexit. The Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG), including Cuxport and the Danish shipping company DFDS have also implemented electronic interfaces with the customs-operated ATLAS (Automated Tariff and Local Customs Processing System) IT system and they have trained their personnel accordingly.

Import consignments with incorrect or missing customs documents can be separated out and will not delay other shipments, added chairman of the Cuxhaven Port Association and managing director of Cuxport GmbH, Peter Zint,. “In this sense, Cuxhaven is a good alternative to the accompanied trailer transports via the ports along the English Channel, which are likely to experience traffic jams and delays after 1 January.”

Customs bonded storage is also available for any imported goods that needs to remain in port for longer than 90 days.

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