British Embassy Brussels Invitation: Belgium Ports & Industry Day IV - 6 October 09h00 CET




H.E. Martin Shearman
British Ambassador to Belgium



Emma Churchill

Director-General Border and Protocol  Delivery Group



Marc Adriansens,

President of the Association Port of Zeebrugge Interests



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


Closing remarks


Heather Jones

Deputy Director, Border and Protocol Delivery Group