There are two sides to a border: IT systems and requirements on the EU side

Depending on your destination or the country through which goods enter the EU, hauliers and/or traders may have to interact with a variety of IT systems. In addition to the pre-existing customs IT systems of each Member State, new portals have been created in certain countries to address the end of the EU Exit transition period.




Port of Zeebrugge (Belgium)

RX/SeaPort is the digital connection of all actors in the in the logistics chain in Zeebrugge. It allows to create a single connection to exchange data/information between all parties involved, such as logistic companies, terminals, shipping companies and beside this also public bodies like customs and port authorities.

  • Read more about how to use the Rx/SeaPort wiward for imports.
  • Read more about how to use the Rx/SeaPort wiward for exports.



French customs have developed a concept called “smart border” for all ports that have connections to the UK. It consists in pairing the customs declarations’ barcodes with the vehicle identification (number plate) before the ferry or Tunnel crossing. The system is underpinned by the “SI Brexit” IT system on which French customs will receive all the relevant notifications to conduct their risk analysis and instruct the driver of each vehicle to go to either the green or the orange lane after disembarking in the French port of arrival. Importers, exporters and hauliers won’t have to interact with SI Brexit directly. However, hauliers may want to use the app that groups the barcodes of all the consignments moved in a given truck in a virtual “logistics envelope”. This will enable them to produce a single barcode at the point of check-in before the crossing, instead of one barcode per consignment.


Safety and security declarations for goods entering France (ENS) must be submitted before boarding the ferry at the port of departure in the UK. They must be submitted through the ICS system of the first point of entry in the EU. Access to ICS requires an EDI solution provided by an approved supplier.


  • Brexit customs handbook: access here
  • More information about the smart border: access here.
  • Logistics envelope test app.
  • Functional specifications for shipping companies and port for interfaces with the French customs’ applications.
  • Safety and security declarations: list of EDI solution providers that are approved by French customs for access to ICS.


Republic of Ireland

For RoRo, Irish Tax and Customs have developed an new application that will support pre-boarding notifications (PBNs). Without a PBN, vehicles will be denied boarding at the UK port of departure. Members are also invited to consult guidance on the pre-requisites to submit safety and security declarations into the Irish ICS system. More information is also available on imports by sea and air.

  • Importing goods by ferry – the RoRo service application (presentation by Irish Tax and Customs): access here.
  • Importing goods by sea or air into the Republic of Ireland (presentation by Irish Tax and Customs): access here.
  • Submitting safety and security declarations into the Irish ICS system: access here.
  • Exporting goods to the UK by RoRo, LoLo and air (presentation by Irish Tax and Customs): access here.