Brexit minister visits Vlaardingen

UK Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, Stephen Barclay (third from right), visited Vlaardingen terminal to discuss Brexit and learn about DFDS’ preparations and concerns


The date for Brexit is not far off, and preparations for the no-deal scenario have been in full swing for a long time. Stephen Barclay, the UK Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, paid a short visit to our terminal in Vlaardingen to see what is being done.

On 30 September the minister, who is responsible for the direct exit negotiations, brought a delegation including the British Ambassador to the Netherlands, Peter Wilson, to discuss the near future regarding Brexit and learn about DFDS’ preparations and concerns.

Hosting the delegation was Jacob Andersen, DFDS Route Director in the Netherlands, Richard van Kleef, Manager of General Stevedoring, Gate & Security, and Lucien Stötefalk, Agency Manager. A tour of the terminal gave the delegation an insight into the expected impact on the terminal after Brexit, as well as gate operations, vessel handling and customs protocols.

“The British delegation was impressed with the efficiency of our operation and the functions of the Dutch Port Community System Portbase, but also made aware of the impact on the terminal of the UK leaving the Customs Union,” says Lucien Stötefalk.

A Q&A session followed at the Port of Rotterdam head office together with the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Portbase. The minister showed an openness and a sincere interest in logistics processes, and offered no further clues as to what exactly will happen on 31 October. The tour and conversation with DFDS were broadcast on the Dutch television news channel “Nieuwsuur”.

Jacob Andersen (middle) greets Stephen Barclay

October 11, 2019