How to transport goods commercially if you’re driving from the UK to any international destination.
You’ll need to complete extra tasks if you’re exporting your own goods.
Step 1 Apply for operator licences and permits
Step 2 Register and get approval for your vehicle
You may need to register your trailer to drive through or to the EU if it weighs over 750kg.
You’ll need to get specialist vehicle approvals to transport any of the following:
Step 3 Make sure your driver is eligible to drive abroad
The driver must carry these documents with them.
Step 4 Check the rules for the goods you're carrying
There are rules for transporting certain goods. Your driver may need to follow set routes or stop at specific check points. Check the rules for:
If you're transporting goods outside the EU they must have been cleared by customs (given ‘permission to progress’). The exporter can tell you if this has happened.
Step 5 Make sure your driver has the right export documents
Your driver will need copies of:
- any export licences
- the road consignment note (‘CMR note’)
- the Movement Reference Number (MRN) from the export declaration - if you're moving goods out of the EU
- the MRN and the Local Reference Number (LRN) - if you're moving goods under the Common Transit convention (CTC)
- the ATA Carnet document - if you're moving goods out of the EU temporarily
- the TiR Carnet document - if you’re moving goods in a sealed load compartment with a seal number
The exporter should be able to give all of these to you.
You'll also need to have a customs seal approval certificate for the vehicle if you’re moving goods in a sealed load compartment. You'll get this when your vehicle passes the TiR test.
You may need to use the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) to move goods through some ports.
Step 6 Find out what vehicle documents your driver needs to carry
Step 7 Check you are ready for the Port of Dover, Eurotunnel or Holyhead
You may need to attend an inland border facility if you're leaving from the Port of Dover, Eurotunnel or Holyhead.
Step 8 Check local road rules
- Check the road rules for European countries on the AA website
- Check travel advice for countries outside Europe
When you have your documents, insurance and any extra equipment you need, you can transport goods abroad.