Important changes at the UK Border


We would like to remind you that important changes will apply at UK Border from 1st October 2021 and 1st January 2022 as follows:

Exit Summary Declaration (EXS)

From 1 October 2021, EXS declarations will be required for all exports from GB to EU as the temporary waiver for safety and security requirements on exports from Great Britain will no longer apply.

Where an export declaration is not submitted pre-departure, a standalone EXS declaration is now required for empty vehicles, empty pallets and containers being moved under a transport contract to the EU, as well as goods travelling under transit documents (TADs, TSADs or TIR carnets)

Please also note that Safety and Security export declarations are not required for goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

Some exports also do not need a declaration. Please click here to find out more.

For any assistance with your EXS declarations, please do not hesitate to contact our partner CONEX.

Contact CONEX


UK customs controls from 01/01/2022

From 1st January 2022, full UK customs declarations will be required for both GB – EU and EU – GB movements.

What will you need to do?

  • Before travel, you will need to create your Goods Movement Reference (GMR) using the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS).
  • The GMR will include customs references obtained through the various border formalities systems (NCTS, CHIEF, etc). Safety & security references and those obtained via IPAFFS will not need to be added into your GMR at this time.
  • You will then be able to create your Eurotunnel Border Pass via your online account with your GMR reference up to 30 minutes before arrival.
  • If you are unable to create a Eurotunnel Border Pass, your drivers will need to have their GMR reference ready to show at Pit stop.
  • Please note that following the decision made by the British authorities, should the GMR reference be invalid, the vehicle will be rejected at the Pit stop.
  • For goods travelling EU – GB, vehicles that have been given an orange customs status via our onboard screens will be directed to the closest Inland Border Facility located in Sevington, near Ashford, accessed from junction 10a off the M20.


For more detailed information, please refer to the UK Border Operating Model here.

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