If you have a vehicle over 7.5 tonnes and are travelling to the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel you need a Kent Access Permit. Use the ‘Check an HGV is ready to cross the border‘ service to get one.
The driver must have all necessary reference numbers or documents to meet the import requirements of the country they are entering in the EU. It is the responsibility of the GB exporter (with their customs agent and/or logistics provider) to ensure this is done.
The trader who exports the goods from GB must:
- confirm with the trader who imports the goods into the EU that all necessary formalities and requirements have been met, e.g. submitting an import declaration
- give full, clear instructions to the haulage company and driver so that they know what to do
- provide all necessary documentation and information, e.g. the Movement Reference Number (MRN) for the EU import declaration, and hard copies of any licenses or certificates
- Make sure the safety and security EXS declaration requirements have been met for the movement – relevant safety and security ENS requirements must also be met for the country the goods are being moved to
For accompanied freight, the haulier is responsible for submitting the entry summary declaration – also known as the safety and security ENS declaration – into the member state’s import control system (ICS) at the first point of entry to the EU.
This is of particular importance at GB roll on roll off (RoRo) ports and terminals, especially those which do not have port inventory systems.
The deadline for lodging the ENS declaration for goods moving by road is at least one hour before arrival.
In most member states (especially those with borders with the UK), the EXS declaration is combined with the export declaration.
You can now check-in for boarding. Follow Border Force directions at the point of exit from the UK, or follow directions received onboard during the ferry crossing.