The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020, and as we quickly approach the end of the transition period on 1 January 2021, the Department for Transport (DfT) has released its official guidance titled ‘Transporting goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021: guidance for hauliers and commercial drivers‘.
The guidance explains what hauliers and commercial drivers need to do to prepare. While Trade Agreements are ongoing, and regardless of the deal reached with the EU, UK hauliers:
- May need an European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) or other additional permits for journeys to or through the EU. ECMT applications close on 20 November 2020
- Must register their vehicle trailers before they drive to or through most EU countries
- Must hold a keeper’s certificate for an abnormal load trailer to use it abroad
- Must carry their vehicle registration documents when driving abroad for less than 12 months
- Must display a Great Britain (GB) sticker on the rear of the vehicle and trailer, even if the vehicle has a number plate with the Euro symbol or a GB national identifier
- Must carry a ‘green card’ when driving abroad as proof of motor insurance cover
- Must check they have enough time left on their UK passports
Additionally, a ‘check an HGV is ready to cross the border’ service will be available to use by December 2020 to prove that an HGV has the right EU import and commodities documents for the goods it’s carrying before it crosses the GB / EU border. This service must be used for HGVs travelling via the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel to get a ‘Kent Access Permit’ before they enter Kent.
To access the ‘Transporting goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021: guidance for hauliers and commercial drivers’ guidance, click here. Foreign language versions will be available next week.
You can sign up for email alerts here and check travel advice here for the country you’re visiting to get the latest information. You can also visit the Brexit transition page and answer a few questions to get a personalised list of actions. For more tailored information related to hauliers, you can visit this page for information on how to carry out international road haulage from 1 January 2021.
To help FORS members involved in overseas freight get ready for the EU exit, visit our Useful information for Brexit page and check the latest guidance available for a smooth transition.