How to transport goods commercially if you’re driving from the UK to or through Europe.
You’ll need to complete extra tasks if you’re exporting your own goods.
Step 1 Apply for operator licences and permits
You will need other licences and permits, depending on the countries you're driving to or through.
Your vehicle must pass a specialist test before you can transport dangerous goods (ADR test).
Step 2 Make sure your driver is eligible to drive abroad
Check your driver has:
- a valid passport
- a valid Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) card
- an international driving permit (IDP)
The driver must carry these documents with them.
Your driver will need an IDP to drive in some EU countries if there’s a no-deal Brexit.
Step 3 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 if you’re transporting mixed loads or specific types of goods. 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.
All goods will need to be cleared by customs before leaving the UK if there's a no-deal Brexit.
Step 4 Make sure your driver has the right export documents
Your driver will need copies of:
- any export licences
- the Movement Reference Number (MRN) from the export declaration - if you're moving goods after a no-deal Brexit
- 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 UK 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.
Step 5 Find out what vehicle documents your driver needs to carry
Step 6 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.