Last reviewed 8 July 2021

The Government has agreed that iPort Rail in Doncaster can become an inland customs facility, making it the first Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SFRI) in the UK to achieve this designation.

As a result, it can now support goods moving in both directions through the Channel Tunnel, which means that businesses using its service can clear customs in South Yorkshire before delivering to UK customers or travelling to international markets.

To support the service, iPort Rail has also secured Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), demonstrating its adherence to high standards when it comes to freight movements.

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 currently runs eight daily services to and from UK seaports, moving around 500 containers per day, and also has an area for UK Border Force authorities to examine goods.

Paul Bathgate, Business Solutions Director, iPort Rail, said: “Sea ports are already under pressure, roads are congested and with more Brexit changes ahead businesses need a wider range of options to keep their supply chains moving from port to door. Now goods going to or coming from Yorkshire, the North of England and the Midlands can bypass South Coast ports more easily with Channel Tunnel services able to clear customs in South Yorkshire”.