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Policy & Compliance

Hauliers urged to prepare for new Customs rules from January 2022

movement-reference • Drivers moving goods via Eurotunnel, the port of Dover or Holyhead may need to take their goods for Customs checks at an Inland Border Facility (IBF), before they depart from or when they arrive in Britain. Drivers will need to check their GMR to find out whether their goods need checks. Drivers can check the GMR before they get off the ferry or shuttle if they have a smartphone with internet access. If they do not, the haulier manager will need to pass this message on to the driver by phone. You can find more information on moving goods through a port that uses GVMS at service • Drivers whose goods require checks should go to an IBF that is local to the port they are using. You can get more information on IBF locations at inland-border-facility Drivers can use HMRC’s ‘Attend an IBF’ service to check how busy IBFs are before they travel and tell HMRC which site they will be going to, to speed up their processing time on arrival. You can find out how to use this service at

The information below has been provided by HMRC and is published here to assist Members in their preparations for forthcoming changes to Customs rules

If you are a haulier that moves goods between Britain and the EU, you need to get ready for new Customs rules being introduced from 1 January 2022. Full Customs controls for all goods moved between Britain and the EU will be required from 1 January 2022. This means that from 1 January: • Businesses will not be able to delay making import declarations. If you move goods from the EU, using ports that operate the pre- lodgement model or the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS), you will need to make sure the business, whose goods you are moving, make import declarations before you reach the UK Border. • All border locations will need to begin controlling imported and exported goods. This means you will not be able to pass through the port with goods unless they have received Customs clearance at the port, or you have been directed to an Inland Border Facility (IBF) for relevant checks.

• Some UK ports will use GVMS to clear goods through Customs. You should register for GVMS now if you plan to move goods through ports that will use this system. From 1 January, if you use one of these ports, you will not be able to clear your goods through Customs and cross the UK Border if you are not registered. You can register for GVMS now at . To find out which ports use GVMS, go to vehicle-movement-ports. • Ports that use GVMS to control goods will need pre-lodged declaration references to be linked together within a single reference number, called a Goods Movement Reference (GMR). You will need to present a valid GMR to the carrier for check-in. The driver moving the goods would usually create a GMR, but it can be done by the haulier manager, or the trader’s Customs agent or freight forwarder. You must only create one GMR per vehicle. You can find out how to get a GMR at


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