P&O FERRIES

Zeebrugge - Tilbury

Initial Steps

Please continue to book with us as you do now. For shipments from the Belgium you will need to tell us at the point of booking whether you:

  • are shipping an empty vehicle;
  • intend to make a full customs declaration; or
  • intend to ship goods under the Common Transit Convention.

Your P&O Ferries booking reference will allow you or your delegate to pre-lodge an export declaration with Belgian customs, as well as the necessary safety and security declarations for both jurisdictions. If you are importing standard goods into the UK, you will have six months to complete import declarations. Imports of controlled goods will have to be declared immediately.

If your vehicle contains high-risk animal or plant products, you should ensure that the driver has the necessary health certificate(s). From 1 April 2021, any animal or plant products must have the necessary health certificate(s).

Exports from Belgium to the UK must receive export clearance in Belgium and must be pre-declared for importation into the UK via the RX Seaport system - www.rxseaport.eu. Please register with RX Seaport ahead of the end of the transition period.


Before arrival at Zeebrugge

Please ensure that you pre-notify all customs documents via RX Seaport. You can check RX Seaport beforehand to ensure the terminal has received the relevant customs documents.

Exports from Belgium to the UK receive export clearance in Belgium and must be pre-declared for importation into the UK with a GMR (Goods Movement Reference).

If you're using Union and Common Transit procedures you'll need to prepare your goods and plan your route. You also need to check how to complete the different declarations you'll need. Please see SECTION 1.1.5 of the UK Border Operating Model for details on the process for office of transit when moving goods into GB.

Drivers must have all the relevant documentation specified above before reaching the port or goods will not be able to enter the terminal. P&O Ferries will not be able to process emails containing customs information at check-in.


At check-in in Zeebrugge

Drivers of empty trailers should complete our standard check-in process including border exit checks and move to the loading lanes in preparation to board the vessel (accompanied) or take the trailer where instructed within the yard (unaccompanied).

Drivers of all loaded trailers must present the correct declaration GMR and UK TAD to our check-in staff on arrival.

Drivers should inform check-in staff if their vehicle contains, animal products, fish or plant products.


Arrival in Tilbury

Drivers should follow the appropriate signs on disembarkation.

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