• Border requirements – General information

    • Customs declarations are mandatory when transporting goods between the UK and EU. Please ensure that you have all the documentation required before crossing the border.

    • In addition to the existing border requirements, a GMR is now MANDATORY for ALL GB to EU and EU to GB transports, including for EMPTY vehicles.


    - The vehicle tractor registration number must be registered in the GMR in section 2 "About your vehicle" (not the trailer).

    - The tractor registration number arriving on the terminal MUST match the one recorded in the GMR.

    If the GMR is invalid, the vehicle will be refused travel.

    • GVMS barcode requirements for all customs declarations (read more).

    • Exit summary declarations came into effect on 1 October 2021


    31 January 2024

    • Introduction of health certification on imports of SPS (Sanitary and Phytosanitary) products from the EU.
    • Introduction of health certification on imports of high-risk food and feed of non-animal origin via the EU/EFTA listed here.


    30 April 2024

    • Introduction of documentary and risk-based identity and physical checks on medium and high risks foods and products. Existing inspections of high-risk plants/plant products from the EU will move from destination to BCPs.


    31 October 2024

    • Safety and Security (S&S) declarations mandatory for EU imports.
    • Introduction of a reduced dataset for imports and the Single Trade Window will remove duplication where possible across different prearrival datasets (S&S, SPS and pre-lodged customs declarations).