Transport goods out of the UK by road: step by step

How to transport goods commercially if you’re driving from the UK to or through Europe.

  1. Step 1 Apply for operator licences and permits

    1. Check if you need a vehicle operator licence
    2. Apply for a vehicle operator licence

    You will need other licences and permits, depending on the countries you're driving to or through.

    1. Check which licences and permits you need
  2. Step 2 Make sure your driver is eligible to drive abroad

  3. Step 3 Check the rules for the goods you're carrying

    1. Find out if you need export licences

    There are rules for transporting certain goods. Check the rules for:

  4. Step 4 Find out what documents your driver needs to carry

  5. Step 5 Check local road rules

    1. Check the road rules for European countries on the AA website
    2. Check travel advice for countries outside Europe

    When you have your documents, insurance and any extra equipment you need, you can transport goods abroad.