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Belgium Ports & Industry Day IV – 4 November 09h00 CET

4th November 2020 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm



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

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4th November 2020
9:00 am - 1:00 pm