The ‘Gateway2Britain’ project will achieve a green corridor to make trade between Flanders and the United Kingdom more efficient. The project is being carried out by VIL and Deloitte on behalf of Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO). Funds from the BAR (Brexit Adjustment Reserve) of the European Union will be released for this purpose.

status: Running

Flemish companies suffer a significant loss of sales due to the Brexit. The average turnover loss for Flemish companies as a result of the Brexit amounted to 6 % in 2020, which combined with increased logistics costs, caused a significant financial impact.

Not only does the Brexit cause financial and administrative burdens for trading partners and authorities on both sides of the Canal, but also international supply chains are thoroughly disrupted. The difficulties include the multitude of stakeholders involved (customs, companies, terminals, forwarders, shipping companies, etc.), the transparency of the data on goods transactions and the complexity and multitude of formalities to be completed.


Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO), in close collaboration with Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT), appointed VIL and Deloitte to develop a proposal with an action plan for a global solution for the benefit of companies directly and indirectly involved in trade with the UK.

This project consists of a technological pillar, a physical pillar and, as the ultimate goal, the realization of a true ‘green corridor’.

  • The technological pillar aims to connect the various stakeholders via a digital platform that promotes the sharing of data and commercial documents and transparency between the various parties involved.
  • The physical pillar deals with the choice of one or more strategic locations to carry out declarations, physical verification processes and logistical services.
  • Finally, the green corridor involves the realization of a true ‘frictionless trade’ flow through the linking of the physical and digital pillars by means of technological solutions, both along the EU (Flemish) and UK sides.

Practical details

Start: October 2021

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