Enter into an agreement with container terminals in Rotterdam for a smoother customs clearance when collecting container

In accordance with the customs authorisation of the container terminal, containers being unloaded in the port of Rotterdam are to be placed in a Temporary Storage Facility (TSF).  Upon removal (collecting of the container), the terminal, as a TSF holder, is obliged:

  • to keep records showing how the container in question is being shipped, and
  • what customs declaration(s) are being used for this

In order to comply with this customs obligation, Rotterdam-based container terminals enter into agreements with parties collecting containers from them. These agreements stipulate that companies collecting the containers at the container terminals (such as customs agents, carriers, shippers, importers) provide a number of data electronically.

Please state the correct TSF document code and document number as required.  In most cases, the container will then be unlocked automatically on behalf of the Customs Administration, and released for further transport. This will speed up the logistic cargo flow.

The way in which persons collecting the containers have to submit data is set out in the Manual Notification Import Documentation Port of Rotterdam (NID), also referred to as Rotterdam Port Document (this is a joint document of Customs Rotterdam and the industry). The manual will help you in registering the correct TSF document code + document number. Following the correct notification, the container can be collected at the terminal without any difficulties with customs regarding documentation.

Please note!

Based on the documentation, the Customs Administration decides if a container can be unlocked.  In a number of situations, a container is only unlocked after it has been sealed.


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