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 in a no-deal Brexit.

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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.

In a no-deal Brexit, if you’re moving goods with an ATA Carnet through Port of Dover or Eurotunnel, you will need to go to alternative sites to process your ATA Carnet.

If these alternative sites are full, you might be diverted to another location. The police or Highways England will let you know if there are any diversions.

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

If traffic management systems in Kent – known as Operation Brock – are activated, border readiness checks will take place in traffic queues.

If you’re a haulier and do not have all the correct documents to cross the border, you’ll be told to go to a holding site in Ashford or Manston Airport. Once you get there, you will have a limited period to establish what you need to do to be able to cross the border.

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 9TF

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

Entering the UK through Eurotunnel

You will need to go to Ashford International Truck Stop to have your ATA Carnet processed:

Ashford International Truck Stop
Waterbrook Avenue
Ashford
TN24 0GB

Ashford International Truck Stop is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Leaving the UK through the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel

To have your ATA Carnet processed, you will need to go to either:

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

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

North Weald Airfield

North Weald Airfield
Merlin Way
North Weald Bassett
Epping
CM16 6HR

North Weald Airfield is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Ebbsfleet International Station

Ebbsfleet International Rail Station car park D
International Way
Ebbsfleet Valley
DA10 1EB

Ebbsfleet International Rail Station is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Stop 24

Stop 24
Folkestone Services
15 Ashford Road
Hythe
CT21 4BL

Stop 24 is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

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.

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