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Doncaster secures rail customs approval first

Doncaster secures rail customs approval first

(Posted on 22/06/21)

iPort Rail in Doncaster has become the UK’s first Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SFRI) to be given government approval for an on-site customs area.

As a result, businesses can now clear customs in South Yorkshire and move goods through the Channel Tunnel by rail in both directions, avoiding UK road congestion and sea port disruption. It has been set up to benefit shipments into the UK and exports to European and wider international markets.

The new customs capability includes a temporary storage facility creating an approved area where inventory-linked goods under customs control can be held until they are released to free circulation, with duties charged on release. It also has an area for UK Border Force authorities to examine and take account of goods. iPort Rail has secured HMRC Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status which demonstrates its adherence to high standards when it comes to freight movements.

iPort Rail is one of the UK’s fastest growing rail freight terminals and part of the 800-acre iPort multimodal hub being developed by European logistics real estate specialists Verdion. Since opening three years ago it has built up eight daily services to and from UK seaports, moving around 500 containers per day, connecting global businesses with UK markets and helping UK businesses export to the rest of the world.

Steve Freeman, Managing Director, iPort Rail, said: “Rail freight is an underused resource in the UK. Each train can take more than 70 HGVs off the road and it’s especially efficient for long distance journeys as well as being greener.

“Being able to clear customs in Doncaster should be a greater incentive for businesses to consider Channel Tunnel rail services for getting their goods into and out of Europe. As well as reliability and sustainability factors, shorter journey times outside customs controls and the ability to store bonded goods can be an advantage.

“In time we hope to coordinate our services with partners in the new freeports but until then, our new customs facility can operate independently and is ready to start helping businesses immediately.”

Phil Smart, Assistant Policy Manager, Rail Freight Group, said: “Since its opening, iPort Rail has gone from strength to strength. Becoming the UK’s first Strategic Rail Freight Interchange to become a rail customs area shows how it is continuing to set new benchmarks for the industry. This investment will help businesses become more sustainable by switching to rail, and it is vital that this is matched by investment in capacity and capability of the rail network as we look to decarbonise supply chains.”

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