In cooperation with the official authorities and Brittany Ferries, HAROPA – Port of Le Havre therefore presented the work done with the whole range of actors and partners involved in traffic flows to and from the UK and in checks on entries to, and departures from EU territory (Sub-Prefecture, the Normandy ports, border police, customs, shippers, among others).
The UK terminal in Le Havre
This will entail:
- The return of customs checks on goods,
- An obligation to carry out veterinary, sanitary and phytosanitary inspections of goods of plant or animal origin,
A probable strengthening of immigration controls on travellers (French border police – PAF).A major issue: ensuring seamless port processes for imports and exports.
→ developing essential infrastructure (offices and checkpoints),
→ preparing for the processing of documentary and physical flows.
The project has been structured around two core programmes for seamless goods flows:
- organisation of documentary flows based on the advance customs clearance system (clearance during the crossing rather than on arrival at the terminal): the smart borders system (SI BREXIT) implemented by customs allows the status of goods to be identified and thereby the determination and issuance – or non-issuance – of permits for exit from the unloading terminal;
- organisation of physical flows:
- development work carried out at the Port of Le Havre is a response to the need for additional checks (customs, border police, veterinary and phytosanitary inspections) in order to avoid any congestion at the terminal caused by possible vehicle tailbacks (heavy goods vehicles in the main),
- construction work has been carried out by the management body for the facility operated by the French veterinary and phytosanitary inspection department (SIVEP), and this is now capable of processing trailers as well as containers.
Taken together, all the measures implemented by the Port of Le Havre in preparation for Brexit total €1.75m.