A checklist of documents that haulage drivers must carry to pass through customs if there's a no-deal Brexit.
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You will need extra documents if you’re taking goods out of the UK and into the EU.
Before using roll-on roll-off ports and the Eurotunnel you must ensure that:
- you have the required documentation
- all relevant customs declarations have been completed to comply with EU processes
Documents for drivers
You must carry the following documents:
- passport – check if your UK passport is valid for travel in the EU
- international driving permit (IDP) – 1949 IDP for Cyprus, 1926 IDP for Liechtenstein, 1968 IDP for France and Italy
If you do not have a photocard licence, you may need additional IDPs.
You will continue to need:
- Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)
- the appropriate goods vehicle operator licence and identity disc
- UK drivers licence
- tachograph charts or driver’s digital smart card
You don’t need a standard international operator’s licence or Driver CPC if you are a:
- UK driver with a vehicle under 3.5 tonnes (including vans)
- driver operating on own account (carrying your own goods)
EU Community Licence
You can continue to use your EU Community Licence until 31 December 2019. You will not need any extra permits to transport goods in EU countries until 1 January 2020 for:
- journeys to and from the UK
- driving through EU countries to reach another EU country
- limited cabotage or cross-trade
You must carry your Community Licence or UK Licence for the Community document in your vehicle when you make these journeys, but you do not need an ECMT permit.
For journeys not listed above, UK haulage drivers may also need:
- ECMT permit
- ECMT certificate of compliance for vehicles and trailers
- ECMT certificate of roadworthiness for vehicles and trailers
Find out if you need an ECMT permit
Documents for trailers
Before travelling to the EU, European Economic Area (EEA) and Europe, you must register all:
- commercial trailers weighing over 750kg
- non-commercial trailers weighing over 3,500kg
If you are towing these trailers you will need to carry:
If you take an abnormal load trailer outside the UK you must apply for a keeper’s certificate for an abnormal load trailer. You need to keep the keeper’s certificate in your vehicle when you go abroad.
Documents for vehicles
UK haulage drivers will need to carry:
- separate motor insurance green cards for the vehicle and the trailer
- a GB sticker on the rear of your vehicle and trailer
If you are transporting goods under the Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR) scheme you will also need:
- Approval Certificate of a Road Vehicle for the Transport of Goods under Customs Seal
You will continue to need:
- vehicle registration documents when driving abroad for less than 12 months, either a:
- paperwork, stickers, payment cards or electronic toll devices to use roads abroad
All road hauliers (including drivers) travelling to the UK must operate an ‘effective system’ to prevent people using their vehicles to enter the UK illegally:
Documents for importing and exporting goods
Customs processes and documentation for importing and exporting goods will change.
Find out what will change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal:
EU countries may impose different requirements on their side of the border. Carrying goods that do not comply with EU requirements could result in delays or penalties.
Documents for commercial, customs and transit at roll-on roll-off locations
You will need to carry different documents if you are:
- declaring the import and export of goods
- moving goods under transit
- moving an empty vehicle or trailer
Declaring import of goods into the UK from the EU (where the destination is the UK)
If you are carrying goods into the UK from the EU via roll-on roll-off locations you will need:
- evidence of a customs declaration:
- an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number
- a movement reference number (MRN) or entry number
- to check with the EU customs authority about what documents they require to export goods from the EU to the UK
The UK Border Force will accept the MRN or EORI as proof that customs processes are being followed.
Declaring export of goods from the UK into the EU
You will need to check with the trader that the goods have received ‘permission to progress’ (P2P) to the port from HMRC before taking them across the border.
What you need to do depends on the type of P2P they have:
You can collect goods and continue to the UK port specified by the exporter.
P2P not granted, physical check required
You can collect goods then proceed to a Designated Export Place (DEP) or approved inland location for appropriate checks and P2P.
P2P not granted, documentary checks required
Do not collect goods until the exporter has provided documentary checks to the National Clearance Hub and received further instruction.
You will need to check with the EU customs authority about what documents they require at the EU border.
Goods may be selected for further checks during the crossing and may need to be inspected by customs on arrival in the EU.
If you are carrying goods into the EU from the UK through roll-on roll-off ports or the Channel Tunnel may also need:
Documents to move goods under transit
Importers and exporters may move goods under transit arrangements to remove the need for separate export and import declarations at each border crossing.
One, or a combination of 3 systems will be used.
Common Transit Convention (CTC)
To move goods under CTC, you must have a Transit Accompanying Document (TAD), which includes the MRN
The Office of Departure or Authorised Consignor gives the TAD to you when the journey begins.
Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR)
To move goods under TIR, you must have TIR documentation plus an ‘Approval Certificate of a Road Vehicle for the Transport of Goods under Customs Seal’.
Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission (ATA) Carnet
To move goods under ATA Carnet, you must have ATA Carnet documentation.
Haulage drivers moving goods under transit will also need:
- ENS for safety and security purposes for goods moving from the UK to the EU – for CTC, the transit declaration can include the ENS information
- certificate of insurance for the goods carried
- export licence for the type of load carried, if required.
Moving an empty vehicle or trailer
Declarations are not required if a vehicle or trailer is empty. Driver and vehicle documentation are still required.
Documents for transporting excise duty suspended goods from the UK to the EU
Drivers must have a full customs departure message for ‘excise duty suspended goods’ from the UK exporter. This will be the:
- ‘notification of departure of goods’ (for example, alcohol or goods covered by guarantee)
- Excise Movement and Control System (EMCS) Administrative Reference Code for the consignment entered into box 40 of the customs export declaration
Documents for transporting animal, plant, and other controlled products
Transporting live animals, products of animal origin (POAO), plants and plant products, and high-risk food and feed not of animal origin (HRFNAO) may need extra requirements or different transit routes.
You should not move these goods until they:
- are sure the importer or exporter has met the extra requirements:
- Importing animals, animal products and high-risk food and feed not of animal origin after Brexit
- Exporting animals, animal products, fish and fishery products to the EU after Brexit
- Importing and exporting plants and plant products if the UK leaves the EU without a deal
- Trading and moving endangered species protected by CITES if there’s no withdrawal deal
- have confirmed that the chosen port of entry will be able to check the goods:
If you are transporting live animals you must have the following documents from the importer or exporter. The EU will no longer accept UK-issued versions of these documents:
- transporter authorisation
- certificate of competence
- vehicle approval certificate
- journey log (where necessary)
Check local traffic conditions and road rules
Before you travel you should check:
- if there are disruptions or delays at the at UK and EU ports and Eurotunnel
- the road rules for European countries
- travel advice for the countries you’re driving through