Belgian customs, with the support of the Belgian port community, have developed a new customs licence which aims to speed up cargo flow.
The licence, called “extended gateway” means that imported goods can be sent to a warehouse before being cleared by customs.
Bart Van Mol, of the Antwerp Port Authority, said: “Extended gateways reduces the dwell time of goods at the deepsea terminal to a minimum, while shifting the associated customs formalities to a later date and closer to the consignee.”
Under the “extended gateway” procedure, at the terminal, customs only need to be notified of the arrival of the goods and their destination; registration takes place at the warehouse.
The licence is completely paperless with all processes happening electronically.
Source: Container Management