What to do when attending an inland border facility
Updated 14 December 2022
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Before you go to an inland border facility
Check what services are offered at each of our inland border facilities, not all inland border facilities carry out the same functions.
Check how busy an inland border facility is before leaving for your journey.
Book in to attend an inland border facility — booking in will mean we should be able to deal with you more quickly.
Traders using an Authorised Consignor or Consignee (ACC) do not need to attend an inland border facility. ACCs can start and end transit movement of goods at their own premises.
You only need to attend an inland border facility if you’re arriving at the Port of Dover, Eurotunnel or Holyhead and you’re moving goods:
- under the Common Transit Convention and you’re not using the services of an ACC to start or end your Transit movements
- into the country under the Common Transit Convention and you’ve been instructed to report to a site for those goods to be checked
- excluding live animals, using an ATA Carnet
- excluding live animals, covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
When you may need to attend an inland border facility
You must follow instructions about whether you need to get your goods checked by customs on arrival or if you’re able to continue your journey.
You should use your goods movement reference number in the ‘check if you need to report for an inspection’ service to understand if your goods are held. If you’re arriving into the Port of Dover, Eurotunnel or Holyhead, you’ll need to attend an inland border facility to have these checks carried out.
In some cases you may also be stopped by Border Force officers within the port to have checks performed on your vehicle or load. If this happens, you must still attend an inland border facility to complete customs functions if you have received instructions to do so.
The goods must be taken to an inland border facility directly and must arrive in the same condition as the goods were at the time of importation.
You may be liable to pay a penalty of up to £2,500 if you fail to follow HMRC instructions.
When you do not need to come to an inland border facility
You do not need to come to an inland border facility if you:
- have a vehicle that is empty
- are travelling in and out of the UK by other ports
- are using the services of an Authorised Consignor or Consignee (ACC)
- are using other (non-Common Transit Convention) import or export procedures to move your goods in or out of the UK
- are transporting live animals, except Defra prioritised goods
Get ‘border ready’
Get ready before you reach Kent
You must be ‘border ready’ before you reach Kent ports or you’ll be turned back and could be fined.
If you’re crossing the Channel through the Eurotunnel or the Port of Dover, you must check a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) is ready to cross the border.
For outbound movements leaving the UK through the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel
If you need to use an inland border facility and are coming to Kent from elsewhere, you should get ready before arriving in Kent. Do not wait until you’ve reached the port in Kent or you will be turned back.
To get ready you should attend the inland border facility at Sevington.
Get ready before you travel to Holyhead.
Check for more information on getting ready for Welsh ports on the Gov.wales website.
Documents you’ll need to bring
You’ll need all relevant paperwork in relation to your movement.
Common Transit Convention movements
To start a Common Transit Convention movement out of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), you’ll need to:
- get from your agent or freight forwarder for every consignment:
- the Local Reference Number (LRN)
- either all the export declaration references and include this in a goods movement reference, or a Master Unique Consignment Reference (if there is one) in writing
- show the LRN and either all the export declaration references in a goods movement reference, or a Master Unique Consignment Reference in writing, at the Office of Departure to get a Transit Accompanying Document (TAD)
To end a movement at an Office of Destination, you’ll need to present the TAD and provide the Movement Reference Number (MRN) for every consignment.
If you’re a:
- trader using an Office of Destination at an Inland Border Facility you should make sure that import entries are submitted and have arrived by the time the goods reach the Office of Destination
- driver attending an Office of Destination you should have details of the customs entries for the consignments you’re carrying (for example, entry numbers and dates)
Goods without arrived import entries will need temporary storage.
If you’re a driver attending an Inland Border Facility with goods that need temporary storage you may have to use an alternative facility at your own expense.
Inland Border Facilities cannot be used for commercial storage.
ATA Carnet movements
For both inbound and outbound movements, you’ll need to present the ATA Carnet documents for each consignment.
For both inbound and outbound movements, you’ll need to present a CITES permit for each consignment.
Locations of inland border facilities (listed North to South)
|Holyhead (inbound and outbound)||Holyhead inland border facility service
A55 Junction 2,
|• end transit movement (office of destination)
• start transit movement (office of departure)
• ATA Carnets stamp — pre-booking is required only if ATA Carnet includes live animals
Get ready before you travel to Holyhead, use an authorised consignor or consignee to start or end your transit movement.
|Sevington (inbound and outbound)||Sevington inland border facility,
For satellite navigation use: 51.132138, 0.914994
|• start transit movement (office of departure)
• end transit movement (office of destination)
•ATA Carnets stamp
|Stop 24 (inbound)||Stop 24,
Junction 11 M20,
|• end transit movement (office of destination)
• ATA Carnets stamps
|Dover Western Docks (inbound)||Dover Western Docks,
Lord Warden Square,
|• end transit movement (office of destination)
• ATA Carnets stamp
• CITES licence checks
Stop 24 and Dover Western Docks
There is some limited government-provided Office of Destination capacity at the offices of Dover Western Docks and Stop 24 for those who need to use an inland border facility.
Transit movements entering the UK at the Port of Dover should complete Office of Destination at Dover Western Docks.
Transit movements entering the UK using the Eurotunnel should complete Office of Destination at Stop 24.
This is in addition to existing commercial operations already provided at these sites.
Tell HMRC that you’re going to be attending an inland border facility
You should tell HMRC in advance that you’re attending an inland border facility if the goods you’re moving:
- are going to an office of departure or office of destination (starting or ending a transit movement)
- are covered by an ATA Carnet
- need a CITES permit
Regardless of why you attend the site, if your goods have been flagged as ‘held’ for a compliance check, you must let front office staff know about this upon your arrival.
You can also check if there are any delays at an inland border facility.
What to expect when visiting an inland border facility
There will be local signage in place to help direct you to the site along the strategic main roads.
Upon arrival at the site, you’ll be greeted by a traffic management marshal.
There will be automatic number plate recognition cameras at the entry and exit points of the site. This monitors vehicles entering and exiting the site to manage traffic and security.
A quick visual inspection of the vehicle will be done by security marshals at the entry check point. For example, they’ll check that there are no leaks and that the vehicle is not prohibited as a result of these checks.
Following this, you’ll be directed to a vacant parking bay. Once you’ve parked your vehicle, you’ll be asked to switch your engine off by the traffic marshal and to keep it off whilst you’re parked. There should be no idling of engines.
If your goods have been flagged as ‘held’ for a compliance check, you must tell front office staff this when you arrive.
You’ll then take your documents to the front office and be directed to wait in your vehicle while the paperwork is processed. Once this is complete, you’ll receive either an approval and exit receipt to move off site, or a non approval where you will follow a separate process.
You’ll then be able to exit the site and re-join the strategic main road.
Duration of the checks
We estimate that you will need between 1 to 2 hours at the facility to go through customs clearance. Make sure you leave sufficient time when planning your journey.
The sites are manned and operated 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
Once you’ve completed the paperwork process, you can return to your vehicle and you should leave immediately.
Facilities available on sites
All sites will provide water, toilets, and handwashing facilities. Additional facilities are offered on a site-by-site basis as outlined in each site-specific section. Cookers and fires are not permitted on-site.
If your vehicle is excluded
It’s possible that vehicles may arrive at the site which are classed as ‘excluded’ from the requirement to park on the site. This is based on things like load content, vehicle size and the presence of hazardous goods. If there are any issues, your vehicle will be moved to the marshal inspection bays for further examination by a senior security marshal.
Vehicles are excluded if they contain:
- livestock and other live loads (exemptions to this apply on sites that process CITES movements)
- any vehicle transporting abnormal loads, which are:
- a weight of more than 44,000 kilograms (kg)
- an axle load of more than 10,000kg for a single non-driving axle and 11,500kg for a single driving axle
- a width of more than 2.9 metres (m)
- a rigid length of more than 18.65m
- the following hazardous goods:
- class 1 substances and articles (explosives) and class 4.1 substances (polymerizing substances)
- category I or II nuclear material
- high consequence dangerous goods
- class 6.1 substances (insecticides)
- vehicles subject to Special Types General Order (STGO) 2003