The Belgium Ports & Industry Day IV is a free online seminar hosted by the British Embassy in Brussels. Please RSVP to if you would like to attend. A calendar invitation and email containing a Teams Live Event link for this webinar will be sent to registered participants on 5 October.

Indicative agenda

09:00  Welcome, H.E. Martin Shearman, British Ambassador to Belgium

09:05  Introduction, Emma Churchill, Director-General Border and Protocol  Delivery Group

09:10  Introduction, Marc Adriansens, President of the Association Port of Zeebrugge Interests

09:15  Introduction, Patrick Van Cauwenberghe, Trade Facilitation Director Port of Zeebrugge

09:20 to 11:00  Introduction from UK Government

Review of Questions raised during Border Operating Model webinars

Presentations by UK Government on the processes to move goods and passengers between the EU and UK from 1 January 2021.

Opportunity for Q&A following each presentation

Customs applications, requirements and processes,

Food, animals, plants and other controlled goods

Additional actions for hauliers and freight forwarders

Immigration controls on passengers

Product conformity and standards

Heather Jones, Deputy Director, Border and Protocol Delivery Group

UK officials from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Food Standards Agency (FSA), Department for Transport (DfT), Home Office / Border Force (BF), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

11:00 to 11:30  Joint presentation of a circular case study of freight moving from Belgium to the UK, and UK to Belgium.

Werner Rens, Conseiller Général, Belgium Federal Customs

Heather Jones, Deputy Director, Border and Protocol Delivery Group

Jurgen Decloedt, RX Seaport

11:30 to 12:00  Presentations on the Short Straits RoRo traffic using the short channel crossing routes

Accompanied freight including a demonstration of the UK service to check that HGV is ready to cross the border into Europe 

 Border and Protocol Delivery Group

12:00 to 12:35

Breakout sessions:

– Customs and transit –  including what do you need for establishment in the UK, rules on CFSP, understanding import declarations and authorisations

– Sanitary Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) and chemical  procedures and their IT systems

– Transport arrangements

 UK Officials

12:35 to 12:55  Plenary Q & A, UK Officials

12:55  Closing remarks, Heather Jones, Deputy Director, Border and Protocol Delivery Group