Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border


A new GOV.UK Web service

As part of plans to help hauliers and HGV drivers understand if they are carrying the right documentation, the UK Government is developing a new web service, known as “Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border” (the Service) for the Roll on Roll off (RoRo) Freight Industry.

For the end of the transition period, the Service will be introduced for RoRo freight leaving the UK for the EU and will help ensure that only vehicles carrying the correct customs and import/export documentation for the EU’s import controls travel to Eurotunnel.

Following a public consultation, the UK Government intends to make the use of the web service a legal requirement for HGVs over 7.5 tonnes that are intending to travel outbound from the UK via Eurotunnel.

This means that the Service will issue a Kent Access Permit digitally -ONLY required when leaving the UK for the EU- for every HGV for which the required information has been successfully provided.

As a legal requirement, all trucks must have a valid permit before arriving at Eurotunnel from 1 January 2021 onwards.

We are now sharing a link to the demo site for 'Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border'. This demo is to let freight industry users see how the service will look, what questions it will ask, and what information it will provide.

Please note that permits generated from the preview site will not be valid for use when travelling to Eurotunnel. While the demo closely resembles the service that will go live on, the questions for determining an HGV’s border readiness are not exhaustive and are meant only to support an assessment of readiness for EU import controls.

The demo site can be found at:

We will keep you informed as we received further updates.

Don’t forget to visit our dedicated Brexit Information and Updates page which is regularly updated.

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