Guidance

Moving goods through the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel with an ATA Carnet

The Port of Dover and Eurotunnel cannot process ATA Carnets, so find out where to go when moving goods with an ATA Carnet.

The ATA Carnet is an international customs document. It can be used to temporarily import and export non-perishable goods that are tax-free and duty-free for up to one year.

ATA Carnets will usually be processed at the port. However, from 1 January 2021, if you’re moving goods with an ATA Carnet through the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel, you will need to go to a government inland border facility to process your ATA Carnet.

Check if any diversions are in place before you travel to the port on Highways England’s website.

Entering the UK through the Port of Dover

You will need to go to Dover Western Docks to have your ATA Carnet processed:

Dover Western Docks
Lord Warden Square
Dover
CT17 9DN

Dover Western Docks is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You might need to use either the Sevington or Ashford Waterbrook inland border facility on some occasions.

They are open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Sevington Inland Border Facility
Adjacent J10a M20
Ashford

Ashford Waterbrook inland border facility
Ashford International Truck Stop
Waterbrook Avenue
Ashford
TN24 0GB

You need to use Ashford Waterbrook inland border facility if Sevington inland border facility is not available.

Entering the UK through Eurotunnel

You will need to go to Stop 24 to have your ATA Carnet processed:

The address is:

Stop 24
Folkestone Services
Junction 11
M20
Hythe
CT21 4BL

The option is also available to attend the Sevington inland border facility. You need to use Ashford Waterbrook inland border facility if Sevington inland border facility isn’t available.

The address is:

Sevington Inland Border Facility
Adjacent J10a M20
Ashford

The address is:

Ashford Waterbrook inland border facility
Ashford International Truck Stop
Waterbrook Avenue
Ashford
TN24 0GB

You need to use Ashford Waterbrook inland border facility if Sevington inland border facility isn’t available.

They are open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Leaving the UK through the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel

To have your ATA Carnet processed, you will need to go to one of the following:

Roads close to the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel are likely to be very busy, so you should consider going to either North Weald inland border facility or Ebbsfleet inland border facility.

If you’re in a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) and diversions are in place, you will need to go to Manston Airport.

You need to use Ashford Waterbrook inland border facility if Sevington inland border facility isn’t available.

North Weald inland border facility

North Weald inland border facility
North Weald Airfield
Merlin Way
North Weald Bassett
Epping
CM16 6GB

North Weald inland border facility is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Ebbsfleet inland border facility

Ebbsfleet inland border facility
International Way
Ebbsfleet Valley
DA10 1EB

Ebbsfleet inland border facility is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Sevington inland border facility

Sevington Inland Border Facility
Adjacent J10a M20
Ashford

Sevington inland border facility is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

You need to use Ashford Waterbrook inland border facility if Sevington inland border facility isn’t available.

Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs)

If diversions are in place to manage freight traffic on the major roads leading to the Port of Dover, you will need to go to:

Manston Airport
The Cargo Centre
Spitfire Way
Ramsgate
Kent
CT12 5FF

Manston Airport is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when specific traffic management measures are in place in Kent.

Alternative inland border facilities

All drivers have the option to use the inland border facilities at Birmingham and Warrington for outbound Dover and Eurotunnel traffic.

Addresses are:

Birmingham inland border facility
Birmingham International Airport
BHX Car Park 6
B26 3QY

Birmingham inland border facility is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. This inland border facility is also available for inbound Dover and Eurotunnel traffic if drivers have not been able to use the Kent sites.

Warrington inland border facility
Barley Castle Lane
Appleton Thorn
Warrington
WA4 4SR

Warrington inland border facility is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Transporting live animals under an ATA Carnet

When you tell the Border Force about your travel plans, you also need to tell them that you are transporting live animals.

This will help them to prioritise the processing of your ATA Carnet.

If you’re a UK trader transporting live animals you’ll need to lodge a travel plan with Defra before you start your journey.

See Defra’s guide to live transport for more information.

Get more information about ATA Carnets

Find out how to:

Read section 2 of Notice 104 to find out more about ATA Carnets.

Published 19 September 2019
Last updated 18 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. The addresses for Sevington, Dover Western Docks, and North Weald have been updated.

  2. The address for Stop 24 has been updated.

  3. Updated with details of inland border facility's and transporting live animals under an ATA Carnet.

  4. First published.