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ZEEBRUGGE: March 11, 2019. The Port of Zeebrugge (MBZ) has introduced two additional software tools based on its RX/SeaPort data sharing platform to help maintain the flow of cargo to and from the UK in the event of extra post-Brexit Customs procedures.

Developed by the Zeebrugge Port Authority and APZI, the Association of Port of Zeebrugge, the digital platform combines logistics companies, port terminals, shipping lines, Customs and port authorities with a single access point.

Zeebrugge brexit software RX/SeaPort (pictured) has now introduced a wizard illustrating the movement of imports and exports to/from the UK including booking and pre-announcement, Customs declaration and procedures for terminal arrivals and departures.

The second tool is ‘E-Desk Ferry’ for use by shippers and freight forwarders to notify the terminal operator of the arrival of their export cargo including the type of document, Customs office, Movement Reference Number (MRN), unit number, terminal and booking reference. For imports, users can notify the terminal operator about the cargo’s Customs status and MRN for release.

“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,” said RX/SeaPort Commercial director Wim Fossaert.

Every week more than 70 regular short-sea shipping services connect Zeebrugge to UK regions.

“RX/SeaPort guarantees a chainwide solution for cargo shipped from and to the UK quickly and efficiently. Ferry and shortsea traffic will experience new customs regulations after Brexit. If these are handled digitally and efficiently, we will avoid problems,” added Joachim Coens, MBZ managing director.

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