You may be asked to show your required evidence documents to customs officers or Border Force depending on which method you are moving goods.
Pre-notification – moving goods into GB
UK authorities do not routinely stop vehicles on their way into the UK to check that they have the correct import customs documents.
However, on arrival, UK Border Force officers may stop vehicles as they do now to carry out certain customs offences, security and anti-smuggling checks. When they do, they will take the HGV off-line and ask the driver to present the MRN and/or EORI for each consignment, along with other documentation or information as required.
CTC – moving goods into GB
For goods moving under the CTC, haulage companies must follow either the paper-based process or the goods vehicle movement service (GVMS) process to complete the transit movement on entry to GB. Which process applies will depend on the location the goods arrive at.
Traders must give the haulage company a TAD MRN for each CTC consignment. The reference number proves that the driver has the right declaration to move goods under transit. The paper TAD must also travel with the goods moving via transit.
Haulage companies must use GVMS to link all the TAD references numbers into one GMR for each trailer movement. They can use GVMS in in two ways:
- a direct link from their own system into the GVMS
- the online service on GOV.UK – a Government Gateway user ID and password are required for this
For each trailer movement, haulage companies or drivers update the GMR with the correct VRN for accompanied movements or TRN for unaccompanied movements. The VRN/TRN can be updated to cater for any changes but must be correct when the GMR is presented to the cross-Channel carrier at the point of departure.
Drivers will not be able to board international ferries or Eurotunnel without a complete GMR. They must not proceed to the border:
- before all the necessary references are added into a GMR
- if any declaration reference has not been accepted onto the GMR
Drivers need to present the GMR to the cross-Channel carrier on arrival at the point of departure to show that they have the necessary evidence to legally move goods.
Drivers must comply with instructions issued by border authorities to proceed to a specific location for checks, if necessary.
Moving goods into GB under the ATA Convention
The driver must follow the port’s local procedures for the presentation of an ATA carnet.
TIR convention – moving goods into GB
The driver must follow the port’s local procedures for the presentation of the TIR carnet.
The driver must present the TIR carnet to the customs office located at the port to open the transit movement for the GB leg. Customs will check the documents, the seal, put a stamp on the relevant page of TIR carnet and detach it.
The driver will go to the customs office of destination or TIR authorised consignee’s premises to ensure that the TIR carnet is handled. After that the customs seals can be removed and goods unloaded.
It is possible that the border customs office performs both entry and destination TIR procedures.
Once the vehicle has completed its journey, the driver must return the TIR carnet to their office/manager.
Once you have passed through UK customs, drivers must comply with instructions issued by border authorities and may be required to proceed to a specific location for checks.