The UK will gradually introduce border controls on most imports of goods in 2021 and 2022. While the EU has introduced full customs controls from 2021, the UK will do the same from 1 January 2022.
One of the most important changes is that carriers transporting goods between the EU and the UK must register Vehicle and goods movement service (GVMS). Otherwise, trucks carrying goods will not be able to board ferries/sewer trains, cross EU/UK borders and clear their goods through customs.
Who needs to register?
All freight carriers from the EU to the UK (including British and non-UK carriers) must register for the service before their first cross-border journey in 2022.
- The only owner who transports the goods and does the customs papers
- Companies that subcontract to other companies for goods;
- logistics companies in charge of transporting goods and performing customs formalities on behalf of another company;
- Major retail companies that move and clear their own merchandise
The service may be familiar to those who transport goods under a common transit or transit agreement.
What ports will carriers be able to use from January 1?
The UK government has published a list of places in the UK where GVMS is used, and trucks will have to enter the country through these ports.
These ports use GVSM:
Places where advance customs controls are implemented:
Places where digital transport offices operate:
- Aberdeen (sea freight movements only)
- Felixstowe (DFDS clients only)
- Harwich (Stena customers only)
- Hesham (Stena and Seatrucks customers only)
- Hull Ferry Terminal, King George Dock – HF1; HF2. HF3 (P&O customers only)
- Immingham (DFDS and SeaCargo customers only)
- Liverpool (only for P&O, Stena and Seatrucks customers)
- new sanctuary
- Cairnryan Port
- Loch Ryan Harbor
- Port of Tyne (DFDS customers only)
- Portsmouth (Condor customers only)
- Sheerness (DFDS clients only)
- Teesport (P&O customers only)
- Tilbury (P&O customers only)
Carriers wishing to use a UK port that has a cargo vehicle movement service must create a Goods Movement Reference (GMR) number. GMR can be created in GVMS.
How do you register?
Carriers need the government portal user ID and password to register and use the exact same address they use to register the shipping service they use for any other government portal service.
In addition, an EORI starting with GB is required for registration.
>>> Register here <<
What do carriers need from January?
Some inspections, including certification and physical inspection of food and plant imports, have been postponed until July 1, 2022.
However, the obligation to submit an advance SPS notification, which was to be entered on October 1, 2021, is required with effect from January 1, 2022.
According to the latest timeline announced by the government in mid-September, the following additional requirements will be introduced from July 1, 2022.
- Requirements for health certificates for export
- Physical examinations of phytosanitary certificates and phytosanitary goods at border posts
- Import security and safety declarations
Information on the use of the shipping service in English, Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian and Spanish can be found here .
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