January 2022: New rules for hauliers moving goods from EU to GB

All UK hauliers moving goods from the EU to Great Britain (GB) need to prepare for import control changes which will take effect from 1 January 2022.

New Requirements – Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS)

From 1 January 2022, hauliers must be registered for the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) to move any goods between GB and the EU. The GVMS system has been designed to enable fast and efficient movement of goods and will be used by many UK ports. A full list of GVMS ports is available here.

If you are not registered, you will not be able to board the ferry or shuttle and cross the GB/EU border. You can register here.

Ports that use GVMS to control goods will need pre-lodged declaration references to be linked together within a single reference number, called a Goods Movement Reference (GMR). The driver will need to present a valid GMR to the carrier for check-in.

The driver moving the goods should create the GMR, but it can be done by the haulier manager, or the trader’s customs agent or freight forwarder. You must only create one GMR per vehicle.

Take Action

Sign up for GVMS now at on the GOV.UK website.

You can also view a step-by-step guide for import control changes.