In response to a number of customer queries, we have set out the Seatruck Ferries requirements for Irish Sea standard loads, post transition:
Dublin to Heysham or Liverpool
- From 1 January an Irish export declaration will be required. You will need a valid PBN at check-in in Dublin.
(Traders moving non controlled goods can use GB Delayed Declarations, make an entry in their own records and delay submitting the import declaration for up to 6 months)
- From 1 July a GB import declaration and GB safety and security declaration will be required in addition to the Irish Export Doc.
- From 1 July you will need to provide both a valid PBN and valid GMR at check-in in Dublin.
Liverpool or Heysham to Dublin
- From 1 January an Irish import declaration will be required and an Irish safety and security declaration. You will need a valid PBN at check-in in Liverpool.
(Please note that a GB export declaration will be required from 1 Jan, but this will not need to be evidenced to the ferry operator until 1 July)
- From 1 July proof of a GB export declaration will be required in addition to the Irish Import and safety and security declaration .
- From 1 July you will need to provide both a valid PBN and valid GMR at check-in in Liverpool.
Warrenpoint to Heysham
- Nothing is required going from NI to GB. All traffic will have unfettered access with no customs, paperwork or references required at check-in in Warrenpoint. Traffic will move as it does now unless it is in transit or they are non-qualifying goods.
Heysham to Warrenpoint
- From 1 Jan an import Declaration and safety and security declaration will need to be completed. You will need a valid GMR at check-in in Heysham. The TSS service can assist with the declarations.
- It is essential that GMR’s and PBN’s as required are entered onto our booking system prior to the units arrival at check-in.
- Once you have entered a PBN or GMR they can be verified through our online systems to ensure the unit is good to proceed to check-in.
- Goods should not proceed to port (apart from Warrenpoint) without a verified GMR/PBN as required.
- Units that do not have the required reference numbers at check-in will not be permitted access to the terminals. They cannot be checked in – no exceptions.
- All freight shipments will require these references irrespective of vehicle type, size or cargo. This includes empties.
- Additional procedures will be required for foodstuffs or transit goods.
- It should also be noted that these declarations are made per commodity, not per trailer. So if there are 4 different commodities on the trailer then you will need a declaration for each. But the whole load will still sit under a single PBM/GMR as required.
- For unaccompanied trailers while the ferry operator will retain the responsibility to ensure safety and security documents have been submitted the task of completing these documents lies with you or your customers. The Irish Sea ferry operators have unstreamed this task.
- These procedures will be identical with all Irish Sea ferry operators.
- When collecting trailers after shipment, it is your responsibility to check if the units need to proceed to a checkpoint and to take them there if they do.
There is now very little time left to put your systems in place. If you have any questions about what you will need to provide to Seatruck then please get in touch. For more detailed questions pls contact HMRC, Irish Revenue or a customs agent.
The Seatruck Team