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How can I change, add or delete the equipment (trailer or container number) in Notification Export Documentation?

An equipment can be changed by deleting the incorrect equipment and entering the new one on the document in Notification Export Documentation.  The deleting and entering can only be done by the company that made the notification, provided that the shipment has not been received at the terminal (no ‘Gate-in’).  See the explanation under ‘Change/add/delete’ or ‘System link’ below.

Contact the terminal to add or delete an equipment if the shipment has been received at the terminal and the manifest has not yet been sent.

Why can only the terminal make changes after arrival?

-Only the terminal can make changes after arrival, otherwise the terminal records will not match those of Portbase.

-Customs receives a message when the entire shipment(possibly divided between several equipments) associated with the prenotification in Notification Export Documentation has arrived at the terminal. Subsequently, an inspection may be notified or the container(s) are released. Adding an equipment after arrival cannot be done unilaterally because the inspection has already been carried out by customs.

Change/Add/Delete
To change, add or delete an equipment in the notification, you need to look up the notification in the service Notification Export Documentation. Enter the document number in the search filter and set the date range to the day the notification was made. Then select the 'Document number' (not 'Transport equipment ID(s)') in the line that comes up. The message will open in a new screen where you can make the changes.

  • An equipment can be changed by deleting the line with the incorrect equipment . The new equipment must be registered together with the booking number under 'Add transport equipment'.Note: only select 'Save' after all changes have been made.
  • An equipment can be added by selecting 'Add transport equipment'. The equipment must be registered together with the booking number.
  • An equipment can be deleted by selecting the recycle bin icon next to the line. You can also delete the entire notification at the bottom left by selecting 'Delete shipment'.

 System link
If you use a system link you can send a 'replace' or 'deletion' message. Your software supplier can provide more information about this Not all systems are set up for this, in which case you will have to change or delete the message manually via the Portbase web screens.

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How can I change, add or delete the booking number in Notification Export Documentation?

A booking number can be changed by deleting the incorrect booking number and entering the new one on the document in Notification Export Documentation. The deleting and entering can only be done by the company that made the notification, provided that the shipment has not been received at the terminal (no ‘Gate-in’). See the explanation under ‘Change/add/delete’ or ‘System link’ below.

Contact the terminal to add or delete a booking number if the shipment has been received at the terminal and the manifest has not yet been sent.

Why can only the terminal make changes after arrival?

Only the terminal can make changes after arrival, otherwise the terminal records will not match those of Portbase.

Change/Add/Delete
To change, add or delete a booking number, you need to look up the notification in the service Notification Export Documentation. Enter the document number in the search filter and set the date range to the day the notification was made. Then select the 'Document number' (not 'Transport equipment ID(s)') in the line that comes up. The message will open in a new screen where you can make the changes.

  • A booking number can be changed by deleting the line with the incorrect booking number. The new booking number must be registered together with the equipment under 'Add transport equipment'. Note: only select 'Save' after all changes have been made.
  • A booking number can be added by selecting 'Add transport equipment'. The booking number must be registered together with the equipment.
  • A booking number can be deleted by selecting the recycle bin icon next to the line. You can also delete the entire notification at the bottom left by selecting 'Delete shipment'.

System link
If you use a system link you can send a 'replace' or 'deletion' message. Your software supplier can provide more information about this Not all systems are set up for this, in which case you will have to change or delete the message manually via the Portbase web screens.

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Inspection/release/stop sign – information about the inspection and release process

Shipments for export (Customs regulations for export) are reported to Customs by the terminal upon arrival at the terminal. Based on a risk analysis, Customs may decide to subject a shipment to an inspection.

If a container is subjected to an inspection, a red stop sign will appear in the ‘Inspection/Release Notification’ field. If Customs mandates an inspection, this is usually communicated within 5 minutes after the 'arrival at exit' (in exceptional cases, this can also take place at a later time). During an inspection, the export shipment is blocked at the terminal until Customs has performed the inspection and sends a message of release.

The shipping line is responsible for submitting the shipment to Customs for inspection. They will also be informed by us of the inspection notification.

Once the shipment has been released, a green check mark will appear in the ‘Inspection/Release Notification’ field.

If the inspection has been performed but there is no green tick, you can contact the National Customs helpdesk via telephone number +31 (0)88-1566655. They can look up the status and send a release notification to Portbase.

If a shipment is not subjected to an inspection, the ‘Inspection/Release Notification’ field will always feature a grey dot.

For other documents, no arrival notification will be sent to Customs. Here too, the ‘Inspection/Release Notification’ field will always feature a grey dot.

Tip: you can also receive e-mail notifications if the status of documents you have pre-notified changes. Read the FAQ about e-mail notifications.

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I have not received a Confirmation of Exit (CoE)

The Confirmation of Exit is normally sent by Customs provided that:

  • An arrival notification has been sent for the document and
  • An export manifest from the shipping line has been sent and
  • The vessel's ATD has been sent and accepted.

Should you have not received a Confirmation of Exit for some reason, then you will be notified by Customs after 30 and 125 days respectively that no Confirmation of Exit has yet been generated for the document in question. If you receive such a message, a screen print of our Track & Trace ECS module will suffice to still obtain the Confirmation of Exit from Customs. Mail: Douane.drh.Maasvlakte.Nabewerking@belastingdienst.nl

If you do not respond within 150 days, the document will be deactivated and Customs will assume that the cargo listed in said document has never been exported. As a possible next step, the information may be used by the tax authorities to inquire what happened to the cargo during a VAT inspection. If you cannot provide a satisfactory answer, there is a change that the VAT is still recovered.

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How do I verify whether a document has been pre-notified at the terminal?

Open ‘Track & Trace export’ and locate the shipment through one of these options:

Search based on
• transport equipment + booking number
• document number

Does your search query not yield any results? Then the document has not yet been pre-notified. Pre-notify the document yourself, or make agreements within your chain as to who will perform the pre-notification.

Is your search yielding results? Then make sure to check the booking number.

Is there a green tick next to it? Excellent, this means the pre-notification is also known at the terminal.
Does it have an orange exclamation mark? This booking number is not (yet) known at the terminal and the terminal has not yet received the pre-notification. Read here what you can do.

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Which statuses can I receive from the terminals?

The timeline of the notification shows the progress of your notification, with the most recent status at the top of the timeline.

  • Status ‘New’: your notification has been created
  • Status ‘Sent’: your notification has been sent to the terminal
  • Status ‘Accepted’*: Your notification has been accepted by the terminal
  • Status ‘Rejected’ *: Your notification has been rejected by the terminal.

A terminal may reject a notification if it cannot be processed by the terminal, for example because the document number does not match the selected document type. If this is the case, please check your notification. If necessary, contact our service desk.

Not all terminals dispatch an acceptance message. Check this overview to see which terminals send an acceptance message (also known as ‘MID return message’).

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How many characters are permitted in the seal number?

The seal number you enter in your prenotification must always be between two and fifteen positions long. Entering a longer number or only a single full stop or a single space is not permitted.

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Why is the container status still ‘In operation’?

The terminal needs to confirm that the prenotification handled is ‘Completed’. This is a manual action by the terminal operator. If the terminal has not done this, the visit will still have the status ‘In operation’. This does not mean that a handling has not been properly completed on your side.

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Can I still modify my container details/time slot if the status is ‘In operation’?

Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to modify containers when the container status is 'In operation'.

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Can I still add my container to the Barge when the status is in operation?

Unfortunately it is no longer possible to add containers when the barge is under the crane / status in operation.

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Why has my notification been rejected and how can I fix this?

Your rejection is accompanied by one of the following reasons

R059 Invalid address Shipper
R060 Invalid address Addressee
R061 Invalid address Importer
R063 Invalid Delivery address

You need to adjust this in your notification and resend it.

You can check the addresses under this link of the NVWA (Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority): http://webapplicatie.agro.nl/vgc/faces/vgc0001f.jsp

For European addresses, the postal code and city name need to exactly match the data as shown on the site.

For non-European addresses, the city name must correspond exactly. If the postal code is too long to enter in the Portbase screen, you can shorten it.

You can then resend your notification.

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I cannot link the B/L, what can I do about this?

Why was the manifest refused?

In most cases, a manifest is refused because it was submitted too late. Customs only allows manifests to be submitted electronically no later than 10 days after departure. If this is the case, you can request Customs to still register the rejected notification. In other cases, you can contact the service desk.

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Why is the TG1/RT1 stuck on ‘sent’?

You can inquire with Customs whether there is a malfunction or an error in the aforementioned document: +31 (0)88-1566655. If this is not the case, then please contact the service desk.

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Why does the TAE remain stuck on ‘sent’

You can inquire with Customs whether there is a malfunction: +31 (0)88-1566655. If this is not the case, then please contact the service desk.

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The manifest has been rejected, but we cannot determine why. What is the reason for this?

There are several reasons why a manifest is rejected by Customs. You can set notification e-mails for this; this notification will contain the error message that Customs sends along with the rejection. You can fix the error message yourself and submit the message again.

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I have linked a B/L but it does not show up in Notification Local Clearance. Why is that?

If you have linked a B/L in Cargo Information 2.0 but this is not displayed in Notification Local Clearance under ‘new notifications’, this can be due to the following reasons:

  • Someone has already submitted a Notification Local Clearance for this B/L. As a result, it is listed under the sent notifications.
  • The shipping line has not yet sent the import manifest (ATO) to Customs. You can contact the shipping line in question for this. When the shipping line has sent the ATO, it will be visible on the screen.

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Why can’t the transport company see my document?

The transport company receives a notification from the terminal that the document is not known. In this situation, the transport company can check with the freight forwarder whether the selected terminal corresponds with the terminal selected by the transport company. Also be sure to check other information such as container number and booking number. If these details are correct, please contact the Portbase Service Desk.

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B/L remains in the queue, why does the declaration not progress?

If you couple a B/L with a container (and reference), you can see at the top of the screen whether the pairing has been successfully completed. You can see the result of the pairing at the bottom of the screen under the heading 'status'. If no anomalies occur, you will find the B/L in the B/L container overview.
It is possible that the B/L is placed in the queue. You can find out the reason for this by clicking on the ‘I’ next to the pairing result. There are several reasons why this may occur:

Cause 1:
“Pairing request for B/L ... has been queued because it is not (yet) known. You will be notified as soon as the B/L is available”.
Action to be taken
Please contact the shipping line. The container or B/L number may not be correct or the shipping line has not yet submitted the B/L to the PCS.

Cause 2
“Pairing request for B/L… has been queued because organisation… has already been linked to this B/L. You will be notified as soon as the B/L is available.
Action to be taken
Another organisation has already paired the B/L. Contact the organisation in question and request them to unpair the relevant B/L.

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Why does the TG1/RT1 remain stuck on ‘shipped’?

You can inquire with Customs whether there is a malfunction or whether there is an error in the aforementioned document: +31 (0)88-1566655. If this is not the case, then please contact the service desk.

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My document remains stuck on ‘sent’. When will this change to ‘accepted’?

Some terminals will dispatch an acceptance message in reply to the sent notification and others will not. This means an acceptance message will only show up in your screen for terminals that dispatch said message. An overview of terminals which do and do not send an acceptance message is available here.

In this overview, you can determine for each terminal whether it supports an acceptance message (also known as a return message). You can find this information in the line ‘MID return message possible?’ Yes/no

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The terminal notification is still showing as ‘not sent’. What do I do?

Check whether the terminal is connected to Notification Local Clearance. Via this document you can check which terminals allow document prenotifications under the local clearance procedure and whether they require prior approval. Please refer to the Local Clearance document types (local clearance bonded warehouse/import).

If the terminal is not connected, it is correct that no message will be sent to the terminal.You must pick up the goods from the terminal under a different procedure.

If the terminal is connected, you have probably not yet had approval from the terminal to apply the local clearance procedure at the terminal. You can read about  how to get this approval here.

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Can I delete a container or the entire notification if this has already been submitted to Customs?

You can do this by requesting the relevant B/L on the start screen of the service and deselecting all previously selected lines of goods items with the ‘-‘ option. Next, click on ‘send’. After this, the system will ask whether the notification needs to be deleted. If deletion is selected here, Customs will be sent a notification that the Notification Local Clearance will be withdrawn. You can remove one goods item or the entire B/L in this way.

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My container is at the terminal but it does not have a ‘Gate-in’, how is that possible?

For document types other than EX, CO or EU (for example T1/ICT/REX), a 'Gate-in' is only issued if the container is being loaded or has already departed.

Please note! This is only applicable to the ECT Terminals.

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What does the application process look like?

From the 1st of June 2020, you can easily apply for the service Cargo Tracker online at https://www.portbase.com/services/cargo-tracker/. Once your online application has been completed and you have paid the one-off costs online and have authorised the monthly payment, you will receive a login no later than 48 hours after your application so that you can get started.

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If I do not receive anything, when will my tracking & tracing request expire?

It is possible that the container is not known to Portbase (for example due to an error in the request or a logistics exception). The request will be retained for a maximum period of 60 days and will then automatically expire. You will be notified of this.

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I have entered a wrong list of Ship’s Stocks. How do I proceed?

Unfortunately, if you have uploaded a wrong list in the service Notification Ship’s Stores this cannot be changed. This is because the Customs system does not allow notifications related to changes or cancellations. To solve this problem, please email the correct list to the Customs Clearance department at the following address:
Douane.Drh.InenUitklaringen@belastingdienst.nl

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An airplane icon continues to be displayed for the order. Why does it not immediately advance in the screen?

An order from the nautical service providers, for example, is processed per berth at the Port Authority. For each berth, you specify the items that need to be ordered and next you click on ‘Order movement’. The order will then be placed with the Port Authority. The Port Authority will have to approve or reject the order. Until that time, the order will continue to display the airplane icon in Portbase.
Note: do make sure to use the 2-hour period for ordering. When an order remains stuck, the agent will have to contact the Port Authority to have the order fixed.

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My ship does not show up in the service Cargo Declaration Import. What causes this?

Not being able to report cargo in the service Cargo Declaration Import means that the manifest is not available. This may have several causes:

  • The agent wishing to report cargo has not been registered as a cargo handling agent. This is mandatory if cargo needs to be reported. Ensure that the ship operator lists the agent as the cargo handling agent.
  • Something went wrong regarding the synchronisation of the ship's report. This may be attributable to a problem at Portbase. Please contact the Portbase service desk for assistance in this matter.

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What can I do if I do not receive an ATA for my specified trip? Can this still be specified?

The ATA needs to be sent by the Port Authority. If this is not the case, you can have this specified via the Service Desk. For this, you must send an e-mail with permission from the Port Authority to the e-mail address of the Portbase service desk. We can use this to assist you in still specifying the ATA for the trip.

There is an exception for the port of Vlissingen. No ATA (or ATD) is specified for this port.

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What should I do if I have already received a CRN number from the harbour master?

Are you planning on making use of the follow-up services (such as Cargo Declaration Import)? Then it is mandatory for certain ports such as Hansweert, Vlissingen and Terneuzen, Den Helder, Ankerplaats Zeeland and Breskens to manually enter the registered CRN in the screen. For the other ports, you can search for the ship using the IMO number or vessel name. After you have done this, it is also possible to copy a previously entered trip.

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Why doesn’t the visit status change to “in operation” at the right time?

It is possible for the status of a visit to change to “in operation” well after the loading/discharging activities of that visit have begun or ended. The underlying signal for the status change in HCN Barge is the first gate-in/gate-out notification the terminal sends to Portbase for the barge visit in question. When the gate-in/gate-out confirmation is sent or processed at a later time, it gives a skewed impression of the actual operation's progress.

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Why does my barge visit still show the status “in operation”?

The terminal confirms each visit as “completed” once handling has been finished. The terminal operator must do this manually. If the terminal has not (yet) confirmed completion, the visit will continue to display the status “in operation”. For the time being, this does not present a problem. When we begin supporting integral planning by Nextlogic, however, this issue will become important.

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If I delete a prenotification of the visit in my own planning system, what happens?

MCA Barge sends a cancellation of the prenotification to the terminal. A status request is then sent to the terminal. It can be found as a separate status request in the web screen under the Handlings -> "Detached handlings" tab.

If you link the prenotification to another visit, MCA Barge will send a cancellation of the prenotification to the terminal. A new prenotification will then be sent to the terminal of the new visit. It will be available under "Handlings" of the new visit.

You will continue to receive updates of the handling status, if the terminal supports them. For details, see the “Functionality Matrix – Hinterland”.

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How long after the container has been discharged can the customer request a discharge confirmation?

Up to 30 days after the container is discharged. After that, no more discharge confirmations are sent (after two months, the customer receives the closure message).

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What happens if the customer make a mistake in the request, for example a mistake in the CRN or Container Number?

When a CRN is entered, it is checked to ensure that the format is correct (e.g. the correct length, existing port code). If an incorrect CRN is entered based on the format criteria, the customer receives a message to this effect and no fee is charged. As yet, the software does not check whether the CRN actually exists, so if an invalid number is entered by mistake and no discharge confirmation is received in response to the request, after 2 months the customer will receive a notification that the request cannot be fulfilled.

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What happens if the service is down due to a fault and the Discharge Confirmation cannot be delivered as a result?

  • The customer will receive a fault report within 15 minutes and Portbase will ensure that the service becomes available again as soon as possible.
  • There is no backup procedure.

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How long does it take before the customer receives a Discharge Confirmation after the container has been discharged?

As soon as the terminal sends a notification that the container has been discharged, Portbase sends this discharge confirmation to the requester in real time.

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After how long does the request for a Discharge Confirmation expire?

If no discharge confirmation can be supplied after two months, the client receives a closure message (a transaction charge is nevertheless levied).

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What happens if a Discharge Confirmation cannot be sent because the container was not discharged during the ship’s visit to the port?

A message is always sent, even if a container is not discharged. In that case, 2 months after the request, a so-called closure message is sent. For every request, regardless of whether a discharge confirmation has been sent, a transaction charge of 0.18 euros is levied. This is because infrastructure costs are incurred by Portbase in order to process and link the request. Of course in this case the customer is not charged a kickback fee for the data owner.

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What happens if a request is submitted after the container has already been discharged?

Then the discharge confirmation is sent immediately. This is currently possible up to 30 days after the actual discharge of the container.

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From when can a discharge confirmation be requested?

From the moment the B/L + Container Number or CRN + Container Number are known to the customer

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Who should I contact if the status is incorrect or if the container/shipment cannot be found?

If the container/shipment cannot be found, this means no documents have been notified and you should contact the person who was in charge of submitting the documents. In most cases, this is the forwarder or importer. If the status is incorrect, you should contact the terminal to check whether the container/shipment is ready to be picked up.

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There is a blue dot displayed on the screen; can I pick up my shipment?

A blue dot means that the important documents have been notified to the terminal. The terminal has not yet accepted the documents. As a result, the shipment has not yet been released. If you attempt to pick up the shipment now, there is a good chance your trip to the terminal will be in vain.

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My import document is not known at the terminal, why is this?

  • Check the status of your notification: If the status is ‘refused’ (by PCS or terminal) or ‘failed’, then the notification has not been accepted. Fix the error message and resend the message.
  • Check that the correct document number, document type and container/shipment number have been entered. If this is not the case, enter the correct information and resend the notification.
  • Check that you have entered the correct terminal. It sometimes happens that cargo is diverted to another terminal at the last minute; this is not automatically changed in your Notification Import Documentation.
  • Check in ‘Cargo information 2.0’, in ‘Cargo Tracker’ or in ‘Import Status’ whether your shipment or container has been unloaded. At some terminals, the import document is only processed in the terminal system after the cargo has been unloaded.
  • If all information is correct, the terminal or PCS may have experienced a (brief) disruption. Resend your notification.

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What should I do if I get a message that the booking number is not recognised?

There can be various reaso­­ns for a message that the booking number is not recognised by the relevant terminal (shown with an orange exclamation mark):

  1. You have not entered the correct booking number;
  2. The shipping company (or ferry operator) has not sent the booking number to the terminal yet.

In both cases, we advise you to contact the shipping company or ferry operator. You can ask them whether you have the correct booking number/whether they have sent the number to the terminal.

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What should I do if I get a Diversion Rejection in response to the Arrival at Exit?

A ‘Diversion Rejection’ means the arrival notification is rejected by customs in the document's country of origin – for example, because the export document has already been released in another EU country. We advise you to contact customs in the document's country of origin and enquire about the status from them.

Depending on the outcome, the best solution is usually to have the notifying party create a new export document. Before you can enter a new document in Notification Export Documentation, you must first delete the rejected prenotification. We further advise you to inform the shipping company or ferry operator that the rejected document has been deleted and that a new document has been or is being registered.

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How do I know whether a container is ready for me to pick up at a shortsea terminal?

When you search by container number, the status will be displayed for any notification(s) of import documents for this container that have been submitted in the past two weeks. If more than one notification has been submitted in the past two weeks, these will all be displayed.  The date and time of each notification will be shown as well. You can take your own decision as to whether the most recent displayed notification fits with your assigned pick-up. 

If you see the message “Import document accepted by terminal”, the import documents are on file with the terminal. This is one of the requirements for being able to pick up a container. You can safely assume that, if the vessel arrived and was unloaded on schedule, it is now possible to pick up your container. If you see the message “Import document sent to terminal”, the import documents have not yet been accepted by the terminal. This means the container has not yet been released for pick-up by the terminal.

Please note: Notifying the import documents is one of the requirements for being able to pick up a container. Before a shipment can be picked up:

  • The container must first be unloaded (discharged);
  • Must be released by the shipping company; 
  • And must not be subject to a Customs blockade.

At the moment, the information above is not yet displayed in the service Import Status.  In the near future, however, Import Status will be expanded to include the discharge status and the inspection status. When that happens, this service will offer greater insight regarding the status.

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There is a green dot displayed on the screen; can I pick up my shipment?

A green dot means that the important documents are on file with the terminal. This is one of the requirements for being able to pick up a shipment. You can safely assume that, if the ferry arrived on schedule, it is now possible to pick up your shipment.

In the future, we plan to add information that will provide you with insight into whether the shipment is on file with Customs, and whether the shipment or corresponding transport unit has been unloaded/discharged. 

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The shipment/container cannot be found for my import notification; what’s going on?

When a shipment/container cannot be found, there are a number of possible explanations:

  • No information on the shipment/container is available within the service Import Status. The details will be known to us at least a few hours before arrival. Please try again at a later time.
  • A typo has been made when entering the shipment number or container number. Double-check the number and correct it if necessary.
  • The shipment or container is not due to arrive at the selected terminal. Select the correct terminal and try again.

    Shipment numbers of ferry-operators have the following format (SCAC + bookingnumber + sequence number):

    CLDN: CLVW0012345678001

    DFDS/KVSA: DFDS123456780001

    P&O: PONFHU12345678001

    Stena Line: STNL0012345678001

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In the hinterland prenotification it says that the import document is not in order, why is this?

  • Check the status of your notification: if the status is 'rejected' (by PCS or terminal) or 'failed', the notification has not been accepted. Resolve the error message and resend the notification
  • Check that the correct document number, document type and container/shipment number have been entered. If this is not the case, enter the correct information and resend the notification
  • Check that you have entered the correct terminal. Sometimes the cargo is switched to another terminal at the last minute; this information is not automatically updated in your Notification Import Documentation
  • Check in 'Cargo information 2.0' or 'Import status' to see whether your shipment or container has been unloaded. At some terminals, the import document is only recognised by the terminal system once the cargo has been added to the RTO (= Unloaded on the quayside).
  • If all the information is correct, there may have been some (short-term) disruption at the terminal or to the PCS. Resend your notification

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My import document is not recognised by the terminal, why is this?

  • Check the status of your notification: if the status is 'rejected' (by PCS or terminal) or 'failed', the notification has not been accepted. Resolve the error message and resend the notification
  • Check that the correct document number, document type and container/shipment number have been entered. If this is not the case, enter the correct information and resend the notification
  • Check that you have entered the correct terminal. Sometimes the cargo is switched to another terminal at the last minute; this information is not automatically updated in your Notification Import Documentation
  • Check in 'Cargo information 2.0' or 'Import status' to see whether your shipment or container has been unloaded. At some terminals, the import document is only recognised by the terminal system once the cargo has been added to the RTO (= Unloaded on the quayside).
  • If all the information is correct, there may have been some (short-term) disruption at the terminal or to the PCS. Resend your notification

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What should I do if a container is unloaded at another terminal or there is something else wrong with the notification?

If your cargo is unloaded at a different terminal than anticipated, you need to submit a new document pre-notification for this new terminal.

You need to inform the terminal at which the incorrect notification has been made. If the change of terminal takes place within the ECT terminals (Hutchison Ports ECT Delta / Euromax) then no action is required on your part. In the ECT system, the notification is only linked to a terminal after the container has been unloaded.

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Is there a deadline for submitting information on stores, i.e. a point after which it is no longer possible to do so?

According to Customs legislation, the notification of ship's stores (the STO message) must be submitted no later than the time of arrival: the deadline is thus the ATA.

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What if I have sent the STO to Customs and then it turns out the ship has dropped anchor?

It is likely that a pre-notification has been submitted for the visit via Vessel Notification, and that a notification of Ship’s Stores (STO) is now being made. The ship has not yet arrived for its visit and has dropped anchor instead. The ship’s stores are therefore being used – which means the quantities will be lower than predicted at the moment when the ship actually arrives. As a shipping agent and the person submitting the ship's stores, you must then contact Customs via douane.drh.inenuitklaringen@belastingdienst.nl. They can help you adjust the listed quantity to the actual quantity upon arrival.

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What if I have submitted an STO to Customs and the ship doesn’t arrive after all?

If the ship fails to arrive, you will need to cancel the visit via Vessel Notification. Cancelling the vessel visit is sufficient. There is no need to also adjust the quantities listed in the STO message.

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I did not see a confirmation of discharge in Inspections Portal, even though the container was in fact discharged at the terminal; how is this possible?

A discharge confirmation is issued by the container terminal. Not all container terminals support this scenario. Discharge confirmation will only be displayed in the event the container terminal you are using supports this scenario.

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How far in advance must I submit a pre-notification in order to receive a suitable truck time slot?

Whether or not you are assigned a suitable truck time slot depends on how busy the terminal is at that time. It’s best to reserve a time slot as far in advance as possible. Because the entire capacity is continuously available, we expect that time slots will be easily obtained. During peak periods, however, it is possible for there to be several hour’s difference between the desired time slot and the time slot assigned to you.

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My prenotification is shown as provisionally accepted (QQQ) and/or the handling is shown in grey, what does this mean?

If the handling status is grey and question marks are displayed, this means that the prenotification/status request has been processed and the terminal will update the handling status, unless you have cancelled the prenotification. In the handling status, you will see the code QQQ.

If your notification is shown as provisionally accepted (QQQ), this may have 2 causes:

  • The terminal itself still has too little information to accept or reject the prenotification. The terminal will automatically send status updates as soon as more information is known in their system (for example, once the container has arrived). No action is required on your part.
  • It is also possible that you mistakenly sent the prenotification to the wrong terminal. In this case, no further status update will follow. We recommend that you check this and, if necessary, change the terminal.

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Error messages

The terminal notification is still showing as ‘not sent’. What do I do?

Check whether the terminal is connected to Notification Local Clearance. Via this document you can check which terminals allow document prenotifications under the local clearance procedure and whether they require prior approval. Please refer to the Local Clearance document types (local clearance bonded warehouse/import).

If the terminal is not connected, it is correct that no message will be sent to the terminal.You must pick up the goods from the terminal under a different procedure.

If the terminal is connected, you have probably not yet had approval from the terminal to apply the local clearance procedure at the terminal. You can read about  how to get this approval here.

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Brexit Export

The shipment/container cannot be found for my import notification; what’s going on?

When a shipment/container cannot be found, there are a number of possible explanations:

  • No information on the shipment/container is available within the service Import Status. The details will be known to us at least a few hours before arrival. Please try again at a later time.
  • A typo has been made when entering the shipment number or container number. Double-check the number and correct it if necessary.
  • The shipment or container is not due to arrive at the selected terminal. Select the correct terminal and try again.

    Shipment numbers of ferry-operators have the following format (SCAC + bookingnumber + sequence number):

    CLDN: CLVW0012345678001

    DFDS/KVSA: DFDS123456780001

    P&O: PONFHU12345678001

    Stena Line: STNL0012345678001

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