Brexit: Port of Rotterdam expects 400 stranded trucks a day
The port of Rotterdam, Havenbedrijf Rotterdam (HbR), expects to have 400 stranded trucks a day for not having the right customs forms after a no-deal Brexit. To prevent huge traffic jams at the ferry terminals to the United Kingdom, there are five special parking lots for problematical cases. Those five parking have a total capacity of 700 trucks.
The Ministry of Waterways and Public Works have worked out a traffic circulation plan to guide the trucks to the parkings.
The estimated 400 problematical cases are based on simulations by HbR. They represent about 12% of the average truck combinations on their way to the UK.
HbR is going to distribute flyers the coming weeks to inform truck drivers about the special parkings. The flyers will be made up in eight different languages. Shippers and dispatchers will be asked to arrange all customs formalities beforehand with the digital system Portbase.
From one day to the next, the ferry terminals will be confronted with customs formalities. The five ferry terminals in the harbour area are not used to that because until now traffic of goods between the European continent and the UK was free.