How will Brexit affect the Port of Gothenburg?

The United Kingdom is leaving the EU on 31 January but will remain part of the customs union and the single market during a transition period, which will last until 31 December. During this period business will be as usual for those who trade with the United Kingdom. The Port of Gothenburg will continue to monitor developments throughout the transition period.

-- Text updated on 30-01-2020 --

After the Gothenburg Port Authority, the port’s terminal operators, and the Swedish Customs Service prepared a joint contingency plan for the Port of Gothenburg, taking account of all the possible outcomes, it was confirmed on 29 January that it will be an orderly Brexit. This followed ratification by the EU Parliament of the Withdrawal Agreement, which means that the United Kingdom will remain part of the EU customs union and the single market until 31 December 2020. Consequently, nothing will change for those in the EU who live in, travel to, or trade with the United Kingdom during the transition period. It is business as usual for all of us and other stakeholders at the Port of Gothenburg.

The Gothenburg Port Authority will, however, continue to maintain contact with the Swedish Customs Service and the terminal operators and provide information through our various channels. This work will be intensified as we approach the end of the transition period, and in line with any information that emerges about the changes that will come into effect following the transition period. There is an option up to the end of July to extend the period, but it is unlikely this will happen.

If you would like further information about the current rules and what you as a goods owner or haulier need to think about prior to Brexit, you can go to the National Board Trade Brexit portal.

For further information about customs clearance between Sweden and the United Kingdom, visit the Swedish Customs Service website here.