Check an HGV is ready to cross the border (Kent Access Permit)

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Check an HGV is ready to cross the border

Use this service to check if you have the paperwork you need to cross the border between Great Britain and the EU in a heavy goods vehicle (HGV).

This service is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg), Bulgarian (български), Dutch (Nederlandse), French (Français), German (Deutsch), Polish (Polski), Romanian (Română) and Spanish (Español). Read this guidance in other languages.

You must test negative for coronavirus (COVID-19) before you cross the border into certain countries. Check if you need a test and when you should get one. Get tested before entering Kent to avoid delays.

Who can use this service

You can use this service for:

  • vehicles that weigh 7.5 tonnes or less
  • vehicles of any weight that are going to the EU, but are not going via the Port of Dover or the Eurotunnel

You will need paperwork to cross the border even if the vehicle is not carrying goods or if it is only carrying post.

If you are leaving Great Britain for the EU from the Port of Dover or via the Eurotunnel

You will need a Kent Access Permit (KAP) if your HGV weighs over 7.5 tonnes.

Apply for a Kent Access Permit.

The driver could be stopped and fined up to £300 for entering Kent without having a valid Kent Access Permit, or for making false declarations when travelling to the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel.

What this service does not do

This service does not provide any customs or goods-specific paperwork.

Before crossing the border, you may also need to:

  • make a safety and security entry summary declaration (or ‘ENS declaration’) into the Import Control System (ICS) of the EU country you are crossing into
  • get a local reference number from the shipper (or ‘consignor’) supplying the goods, if you’re travelling to a customs office of departure before taking the goods to the EU
  • make a safety and security exit summary declaration (or ‘EXS declaration’) on the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system

Until 1 October 2021, you do not have to make a safety and security exit summary declaration for certain journeys. Check if you need to make a safety and security exit summary declaration.

Find out more about the documents you need.

What you’ll need to do

You will have to confirm which documents you have already.

Check whether you have:

  • an EU import document with a barcode (for example from an import declaration or Transit Accompanying Document)
  • Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission (ATA) or Transport Internationaux Routiers (TIR) carnets

Use the service even if you do not need these documents, or you’re planning to collect them while travelling to the border. The service will tell you if you do not have a document you need.

Find out more about the documents you need.

If you’re carrying specialty, restricted, or controlled goods

You’ll need additional documents if you’re transporting:

  • live animals
  • animal products
  • fish products
  • plants
  • other specialty, restricted, or controlled goods

Find out more about the paperwork needed for specialty, restricted or controlled goods.

Check that you are ready to cross the border

It takes around 3 minutes to use the service.

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If you need help

Speak to an adviser online using webchat between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week.

Use the HMRC online support form if you need technical help with the service or more information.

Face-to-face advice for hauliers and HGV drivers

Get advice on the new rules in person at ‘haulier advice sites’ located at some motorway service stations and truck stops. Find your nearest haulier advice site.

What happens next

If the HGV is not ready to cross the border, you will be given instructions on how to get the paperwork you need.