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The smart border

Publié le : mercredi 27 février 2019 |
Mots clés : brexit, FC4B
The smart border
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To maintain smooth circulation of goods, French Customs has designed an innovative technological solution : the “smart border”.


Smart border - Seaports

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Smart border will be applicable from 29 March 2019 at all points of entry/exit to/from Calais region and at border points from Channel-North Sea to maintain smooth circulation of your goods.


Smart border – Channel Tunnel

DouaneTV [Vidéo - 1'34]

Smart border will be applicable from 29 March 2019 at the Channel Tunnel to maintain smooth circulation of your goods.


Businesses crossing the Channel-North Sea, how must you plan ahead and prepare to Brexit ?

In the frame of the re-establishment of the border between the United Kingdom and the European Union, French Customs has developped an information system allowing businesses to automate the border crossing by HGV. This innovative solution will be applicable at all points of entry/exit to/from Calais region and more broadly of Channel-North Sea.

It is based on 3 principles :

  • The early completion of customs procedures before arriving at the border by giving the bar code of the customs declaration to the driver.

  • The identification of the mean of transport and the bar code of customs declaration of transported goods.

  • The automatic sending of the crossing notifications to the customs declarant to avoid stopping the HGV.

Under this approach, customs declarations must be identified with a bar code in the driver’s possession. The bar code establishes a link between the number plates of the HGV and its customs or transit declaration(s).

All these declarations cover the contents of a HGV identified via its number plate upon arrival at the customs facility (port or Eurotunnel terminal): electronic registration of the HGV number plate and customs forms (also known as “pairing”) enables the HGV to be tracked as it goes through the facility, especially when it crosses the border. After the border has been crossed, the vehicle is not permitted to turn back.

Thus, upon arriving in France, the haulier will automatically be directed to the green or orange lane depending of the status of the transported goods customs declarations : green lane : no stop, direction the motorway or orange lane : going through a check area.



If you are EDI publishers, find here what you have to know to interface with the French Customs information system


A new smart border feature is available on pro.douane: the logistic envelope

The logistic envelope allows you to group several declarations under the same logistic envelope in order to save time when passing through the cross-Channel smart border, both for import and export flows, once it is operational as soon as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

Access the logistic envelope application:


Auteur : Commerce international


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