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UK and EU agree delay to 31 October

European Union leaders have granted the UK a six-month extension to Brexit. The UK must now hold European elections in May, or leave on 1 June without a deal.

What was agreed?

  • A Brexit extension "only as long as necessary" and "no longer than 31 October" to allow for the ratification of the withdrawal agreement
  • The UK "must hold the elections to the European Parliament" and if it fails to do this, the UK will leave on 1 June
  • The European Council reiterates there can be no reopening of the withdrawal agreement negotiations

International Road Ferry (I.R.F.) B.V. Brexit Statement

Despite ongoing uncertainty it is needed to consider the possibility of a "no deal" Brexit and with this in mind we would ask that you consider your options after Brexit.

If the UK leaves without a deal the processes for trading with the EU will be similar to those which already take place when trading with the rest of the world – conditions widely referred to as those laid down by WTO (World Trade Organisation)

For those clients who only have experience of moving cargo within the European Union, please be aware of the following basic essential criteria for customs clearance procedures.


Please check that your company has a valid EORI number. This is an essential requirement for customs clearance. Applying for such number is free of charge and easily done through your local government. Appointing a company for your customs duties does not relieve you from having an EORI number.


Individual commodity codes apply to all cargo transiting internationally and it is the responsibility of the exporter and/or importer to ensure that the correct commodity codes are in place for the goods you are exporting or importing as these will be used to calculate the correct rates of duty are applied. You can find out more about Commodity codes here:

All loads from and to the United Kingdom will have to be thoroughly documented. We will need to present following additional information for every shipment from and to the UK:

  • Name, address and EORI number of the recipient of the shipment.
  • Name, address and EORI number of the sender of the shipment.
  • (Optional) Name, address and email address for the person responsible for your customs clearance in case he/she has to be notified upon delivery.
  • Place of origin (UN location code)
  • Place of destination (UN location code)
  • Type of customs document
  • Commodity Codes
  • Description and value of goods
  • Document number: MRN code. Please be advised that trailers are never admitted to terminal without the MRN code. Delays are inevitable if this number is missing.
  • Validity date of the document.
  • Place of validity (valid to) for specific documents.
  • Terms of Sale (incoterms)

This information will be required in advance of cargo being loaded to trailers as it is expected that Ferry operators will not permit trailers onto their quays until it is evident that they will clear Export and Import Customs formalities and not cause delay at terminals. All this is done in the Dutch ports via Portbase. It is recommended that you Subscribe to the Portbase services.

International Road Ferry (I.R.F.) working closely with the Ferry Operators and we have contact with Customs authorities and brokers. We have guaranteed, daily bookings across North Sea Ferry routes and we are confident that we have everything in place to provide service continuity for our customers.

Please do not hesitate to contact your local contact at International Road Ferry (I.R.F.) B.V. for more advice or information.