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This is the direction goods are travelling.
To/through EU to GB, or to/through GB to EU.

3. Picking up goods

Before collecting goods, you must complete the requirements in relation to which method goods are moving across the border, and what type of goods you are carrying.

Before you go to collect the goods, you must prepare the required documents ready for export.

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.

For all of the export methods, a Safety and Security (S&S) exit declaration will be required.


Moving goods under the Pre-notification method 

The driver must hold all customs documents necessary to cross into the EU.

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.

Once the exporter has permission to progress (P2P), having competed any additional documentary checks requested by the National Clearance Hub, the driver can collect and take the goods to the GB port or terminal of departure.

If the exporter is told that the goods must undergo a physical check, the driver can collect the goods and take them to a designated export place (DEP) or to an approved inland location for appropriate checks. Only after P2P is granted following completion of those checks can the driver take the goods to the GB port or terminal of departure.

It is the responsibility of the exporter to inform the haulage company about the P2P situation that applies to a given transport job at a given point in time.

The driver will need to carry evidence that a UK combined customs and safety and security EXS declaration has been made and they will be required to carry EU import documentation as well as other documents.


Moving goods under the CTC Method 

If the trader arranges for the goods to move under the Common Transit Convention (CTC) the driver must be given either:

  • a transit accompanying document (TAD) from the trader, and be told by the trader that the movement has been released to the transit procedure and that they can proceed to the place of exit from GB

    TAD
    TAD
  • a local reference number (LRN) or a TAD that hasn’t been released to the transit procedure, and be told to present the goods and the LRN or TAD to the UK Border Force at a nominated UK office of departure – the goods will then be released, and a TAD will be given to the driver


Moving goods under the ATA Convention method

ATA carnets are international customs documents used for the temporary export or import of goods.

If the trader arranges for the goods to move under the ATA Convention the driver must:

  • obtain the ATA carnet document from the trader

    ATA
    ATA
  • take the goods and the ATA carnet to the UK Border Force at a UK office of departure as instructed by the trader, their agent or the logistics company controlling the movement
  • Check with the trader that 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.


Moving goods under the TIR Convention

If the trader arranges for the goods to move under the TIR Convention.

The haulage company must:

  • give the driver the TIR carnet

    TIR
    TIR
  • ensure that arrangements have been made, either by the trader or haulage company to declare the movement to NCTS and have the reference numbers needed to present the goods to the EU customs authorities
  • instruct the driver to take and present the goods and the TIR carnet to the UK Border Force at an UK office of departure
  • Check with the trader that 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.

If the goods are subject to excise duty, in addition to other commercial documents, the driver must receive from the trader one of the following:

  • The electronic administrative document (eAD)
  • Commercial documents clearly showing the administrative reference code (ARC) for the eAD
  • A paper W8 form for energy products
  • A copy of the customs declaration

Traders moving animals or animal products from the GB to the EU will need to apply in advance for an EHC.

The trader will need to make sure the EHC is signed by an authorised person after the consignment has been inspected. The trader must check that the route the driver takes will allow for the consignment to be checked at the correct BCP at the first EU country reached.

A phytosanitary certificate (PC) must accompany consignments of plants and plant products. A trader applies for a PC from the relevant plant health authority:

  • Animal and Plant Health Agency in England and Wales
  • Scottish Government in Scotland
  • Forestry Commission in England, Wales and Scotland for wood, wood products and bark

    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Phytosanitary Certificate

The driver needs to confirm with the trader or haulage company that the EU-based import agent has told the relevant BCP about the arrival of the consignment at least 24 hours before intended arrival.

The driver must carry a physical copy of each EHC or PC for their consignment. The consignments may be checked upon arrival at the EU BCP.

To transport live animals into the EU, transporters will need to apply to an EU member state, where they have representation, for:

  • an EU transporter authorisation
  • a certificate of competence
  • a vehicle approval certificate

The EU does not recognise UK-issued versions of these documents.

Transporters are not permitted to hold transporter authorisation or vehicle approval in more than one EU member state.

Transporters can apply for a second certificate of competence from the relevant EU member state.

For further information please contact the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).


Journey Logs 

To transport live animals from, or through, England, Scotland or Wales into the EU transporters will need to apply for 2 journey logs:

  • one approved by the EU member state which is the first point of entry into the EU
  • one approved by APHA

In addition to an Export Health Certificate(s) (EHC), exporters of wild-caught marine fish for human consumption will need to obtain a UK Catch Certificate for each consignment to the EU.

Health Certificate

Catch Certificate


Exporters will send a copy of the documents to their EU importer but, in some cases, the documents may also be carried by the driver. The haulage company may wish to check that the exporter has obtained a validated UK Catch Certificate before attempting to export UK caught fish and fishery products to the EU.

Endangered or protected animal or plant species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) can only pass through designated ports. Up-to-date information on these ports and CITES permit and notification requirements are on GOV.UK.

CITES
CITES

Certain products may fall under both the categories of products of animal origin and CITES items and must therefore comply with the 2 sets of requirements.

Drivers travelling to the EU should be aware of additional restrictions to personal imports. If you are carrying prohibited items in your luggage, vehicle or person you will need to use, consume, or dispose of them at or before the border.


You cannot bring POAO (products of an animal origin) such as those containing meat or dairy (e.g. a ham and cheese sandwich) into the EU. There are exceptions to this rule for certain quantities of powdered infant milk, infant food, special foods, or special processed pet feed. Find out more on the rules and exemptions in the European Commission guidance on personal imports.


You cannot bring certain plants and plant products into the EU. Find out more in the European Commission guidance on plant health biosecurity.


Once you’ve completed these requirements, collect the goods and provide your vehicle (and trailer) registration number to the exporter. Your haulage company will then tell you how to proceed.