A summary of the driver, vehicle, cargo and customs documents required to transport goods into the EU after Brexit.
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Get ready for Brexit on 31 October 2019. This page tells you how to prepare for Brexit. It will be updated if anything changes, including if a deal is agreed.
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The information summarises document requirements for hauliers and commercial drivers.
- full guidance for hauliers transporting goods between the UK and EU in a no-deal Brexit
- pocket guide summary of how drivers should move goods through RORO locations in a no deal Brexit
UK hauliers and commercial drivers who operate in the EU will need new documents if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
- international driving permit(s) (IDP) in some countries (France, Italy and Cyprus)
- passport with at least 6 months left to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland)
If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed.
- ECMT permit for some journeys
Note that 99% of journeys between the UK and the EU will continue as they are now, and will not need a permit, until at least 31 December 2019.
- driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)
- tachograph driver card
- motor insurance green card(s)
- GB Sticker on the vehicle and trailer
- vehicle log book
Customs and cargo documents
You will need to request separate documents from your exporter for the cargo you are carrying.
You will need additional documents if you are transporting:
- high risk goods
- animal / plant / other controlled products
It is the responsibility of the exporter to provide these documents, but they will be needed to take goods across the border.
Check local customs processes for France, Holland, Spain and Belgium.