Postponement of further UK customs rules until end 2023 – The United Kingdom (UK) has postponed the introduction of customs rules announced for 1 July 2022 and beyond. In concrete terms, this means that for the time being, businesses do NOT need to prepare for:

  • Mandatory security declarations for all cargo – ENS
  • Certification for most veterinary and phytosanitary cargo
  • Checks on this veterinary and phytosanitary cargo at Border Control Posts
  • Certification and checks for all dairy products
  • Certification and checks for all remaining veterinary cargo

The UK government has announced its intention to publish a new regime for import controls in autumn 2022. This will be done in a Target Operating Model. Following this, a start will be made with the implementation at the end of 2023.

You can read the official statement of the British government about the postponement here. A translation of this information for the business community can be found on

Please note! All existing customs regulations in the UK remain in force.

New approach to import controls to help ease cost of living

Cabinet office – The remaining import controls on EU goods will no longer be introduced this year, the government has announced today. Instead, traders will continue to move their goods from the European Union to Great Britain as they do now. Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, and the recent rise in global energy costs, have had a significant effect on supply chains that are still recovering from the pandemic. The government has therefore concluded that it would be wrong to impose new administrative requirements on businesses who may pass-on the associated costs to consumers already facing pressures on their finances. The change in approach is expected to save British importers at least £1 billion in annual costs.

Read the full article in the press release of the Cabinet office.

Interactive map shows potential UK Border Control Posts

Get Ready for Brexit – From 1 July 2022, the UK will start checking veterinary cargo entering the country from the EU. This will take place in designated Border Control Posts (BCPs). The preparations are in full swing, but the concrete designation of BCPs still has to take place. To help you prepare, the Major Ports Group (MPG) has published an interactive online map of the potential location of BCPs in the UK. This map is continuously updated and revised.

View the interactive map with UK Border Control Posts

No rights can be derived from the content of the map.

Additional security data (ENS) also mandatory for exports to the UK as of July 1 – From the 1st of July 2022, it will be mandatory to provide UK Customs with safety and security information in advance for all goods coming into the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union. This is done by means of a so-called Entry Summary Declaration (ENS). Such an ENS has already been mandatory for imports from the UK to the EU since the start of Brexit.

Who is responsible for submitting the ENS for exports to the UK?

The UK government has made the following subdivision for the submission of the ENS for cargo from the EU to the UK:

  • For unaccompanied transport, the ferry operator bears responsibility for the ENS
  • For accompanied transport, the transporter (or the party acting on their behalf) bears responsibility for the ENS

The British government explains all the requirements that the ENS must meet in a webinar with accompanying presentation:

Read the presentation Watch the webinar

How do the Dutch ferry operators deal with this?

Attention transporters! In practice, the above means for transport via the Dutch ferry operators:

  1. CLdN will take care of the ENS for both accompanied and unaccompanied transport. Additional security data can be provided via the booking portal. Implementation is optional from mid-May. Obligatory submission of extra security data starts 1 July.
  2. DFDS applies:
    1. For accompanied and unaccompanied transport via temporary storage, DFDS provides the ENS. Additional security data can be provided via the booking portal. Introduction will start on 1 July.
    2. For accompanied and unaccompanied transport via prelodgement, the carrier (or someone acting on his behalf) is responsible for the ENS. As a carrier you will have to fill in extra security data in GVMS as from 1 July.
  3. P&O Ferries applies:
    1. For unaccompanied transport via temporary storage, P&O Ferries provides the ENS. Additional security data can be provided via the booking portal. Information on optional introduction will follow. Obligatory submission of extra security data starts 1 July.
    2. For accompanied and unaccompanied transport via prelodgement, the carrier (or someone acting on his behalf) is responsible for the ENS. As a carrier you are required to fill in extra security data in GVMS as of 1 July.
  4. Stena Line applies:
      1. For unaccompanied transport via temporary storage, Stena Line provides the ENS. Stena Line is already asking you for the required extra security data via the booking portal.
      2. For accompanied or unaccompanied transport via prelodgement, the transporter (or someone acting on his behalf) is responsible for the ENS. As a carrier, you must then fill in extra security data in GVMS as of 1 July.


Ferryoperator Unaccompanied transport
via temporary storage
Unaccompanied transport
via prelodgement
Accompanied transport
via temporary storage
Unaccompanied transport
via prelodgement
1. CLdN ENS via ferry operator ENS via ferry operator ENS via ferry operator ENS via ferry operator


ENS via ferry operator ENS via transporter (or someone acting on his behalf) ENS via ferry operator ENS via transporter (or someone acting on his behalf)
3. P&O Ferries


ENS via ferry operator ENS via ferry operator not applicable ENS via transporter (or someone acting on his behalf)
4. Stena Line


ENS via ferry operator ENS via transporter (or someone acting on his behalf) ENS via ferry operator ENS via transporter (or someone acting on his behalf)


Please consult the websites of the ferry operators for more information.

Important for transporters! Pre-lodgement model requires notification in GVMS prior to departure – For cargo that you are transporting to the UK conform the pre-lodgement model, you as a transporter must always take action before you proceed to the Dutch ferry terminal. This is what you need to do:

  • In the British Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS), you must link the declaration made in the UK to your trailer. You do this using the MRN(s) provided to you by the UK importer or their representative.
  • You specify the Goods Movement Reference (GMR) that is subsequently generated by GVMS when you make your ferry booking. Only if the ferry terminal has the GMR when your trailer arrives can your cargo continue without delay following its arrival in the UK.

Read here how you can obtain a GMR for each shipment 

One-time registration in GVMS
In order to be able to use GVMS for pre-lodgement shipments, you must submit a one-time registration as a carrier with the British government.

Convenient help for proper use GVMS
The British government offers various convenient manners to help you on your way with GVMS.

Inspection in the UK yes or no
Before arriving in the UK, you can easily check whether your cargo is subject to inspection via this convenient website of the UK government. All you need to do is fill in the GMR of your cargo. One click and you know where you stand. If inspection is indeed required, the website, which is available in thirteen languages, will also help you on your way.

UK government also helps you on your way! – Like the Dutch government, the British government is also making every effort to optimally inform you about all the new requirements that are applicable to transport to and from the United Kingdom.

Keep business moving website
Lots of up-to-date information about the current and future rules for import and export in the UK is available at the UK government website Keep business moving.

24/7 Gov.UK Helpline for Urgent Border Crossing Issues
Is your cargo stuck at the border? For urgent enquiries, you can call the UK Customs Helpline (HMRC) 24/7: +44 300 322 9434, option 1.

For all other questions regarding imports into the UK – including registration in the Goods Vehicle Movement System (GVMS) or obtaining a Goods Movement Reference (GMR) – the helpline number is +44 300 322 9434, available Monday to Friday from 08:00 until 22:00 and on weekends from 08:00 to 16:00.

Handbook for carriers
Through a Handbook for Carriers the UK government provides transport companies with a comprehensive reference guide detailing the rules for all different types of RoRo transport (accompanied and unaccompanied) between the European Union and the United Kingdom.

Further options for questions
The British government (Gov.Uk) offers several ways to ask your questions. See the overview here.

Attention carriers! Temporary storage and pre-lodgement place new demands on import in UK – Since the 1st of January, the British government has been using two different models for the entry of cargo into the UK: temporary storage and pre-lodgement.

Temporary storage
Goods entering the UK can be stored at the border at a temporary storage facility (often the terminal) for up to 90 days. For the transporter, nothing changes in the booking process or terminal call in the Netherlands. After the importer or their representative have submitted the declaration to British Customs, the goods travel on to their final destination.

The British importer or their representative already submit the declaration before the ferry departs in the Netherlands. Attention transporters in the Netherlands! Before the driver proceeds to the ferry terminal, you must first link declaration(s) submitted in the UK to your trailer in the British Goods Vehicle Management Service (GMVS). Read here how this works. Upon arrival in the UK, the cargo can next usually continue immediately, or the driver is referred to an Inland Border Facility (IBF) for inspection.

When temporary storage, when pre-lodgement?
The ports which are served by the Dutch ferry operators allow for both access models. Check this schedule for each ferry operator to see when temporary storage is applicable to your cargo and when pre-lodgement.

As a transporter, also be sure to carefully check for each shipment which model the British importer (or their representative) has selected: temporary storage or pre-lodgement. This prevents unnecessary delays at the Dutch ferry terminals and at the British border.

Please note! If you select the wrong model, this can often no longer be corrected after arrival at the Dutch ferry terminals. The shipment will automatically fall under the temporary storage model.

Prepare now for the health and phytosanitary certificate that is mandatory as of 1 July – As of the 1st of July 2022, the British government requires a health certificate (veterinary) or phytosanitary certificate (plant products) for most of the veterinary and phytosanitary cargo that enters the UK. From that date on, these cargo types will also be inspected at the British border. The implementation comprises 3 steps:

1 July 2022: Certification + inspection most veterinary and phytosanitary cargo
This entails:

  • All other regulated animal by-products
  • All regulated plants and plant products (including floriculture)
  • Meat and meat products
  • Biological products

1 September 2022: Certification + inspection all dairy products
1 November 2022: Certification + inspection all remaining veterinary cargo

In the Netherlands, certification is performed by the NVWA (Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority) and the various inspection services. Due to the large cargo flows that are bound for the UK, an operational approach with a minimal impact on logistics has been developed in consultation with the business community. As a precondition for this, it however is imperative that the relevant business community prepares properly. Now is the time to spring into action! The NVWA expects that parties that still have to start preparing after the 1st of April will be too late to catch the proverbial ‘early boat’ as of the 1st of July.

Certification procedure
In order to smoothly obtain export certificates, the government places many actions and responsibilities with the business community itself. Every company must comply with an extensive protocol for this. This protocol must be agreed upon and recorded with the NVWA or the relevant inspection service before the 1st of July. For phytosanitary cargo, a training course for company employees is involved as well.

Strictly operating according to protocol
Every company must be ready to operate according to the agreed-upon protocol by the 1st of July. Those who are not, will have to join the queue. It is essential that companies strictly adhere to the protocols. Otherwise, the government, from their responsibility for issuing export certificates, may impose additional requirements that guarantee correct operations, but hinder smooth handling.

More info
Many details about the forthcoming implementation of health and phytosanitary certificates, border controls, etc. are currently still being discussed by the European Union, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Thewebsite of the NVWA always features up-to-date information.

Guidance for Carriers – Exporting humanitarian aid to Ukraine – The UK Government has today announced a customs easement to make moving aid and donations to the people of Ukraine easier. The simplification of customs processes will apply to goods intended to support those affected by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine which are exported from GB. Provided the goods are not exported to, or through, Russia or Belarus, then these simplified processes apply to qualifying goods regardless of the destination to allow maximum flexibility to get aid to where the need is greatest.

The Government still recommends that organisations and people who would like to help donate cash through trusted charities and aid organisations, rather than donating goods. Cash can be transferred quickly to areas where it’s needed and individuals and aid organisations can use it to buy what’s most needed.

However, businesses, charities and community organisations sending aid from GB ports will be able to make a customs declaration by speaking to customs officers or simply by the act of driving through a port.

They will no longer need to complete and submit electronic customs declarations to HMRC before exporting these goods, and smaller movements will not need to use the Goods Vehicle Movement Service to pass through ports where it is in operation.

The easement will also remove other customs formalities, such as needing to notify HMRC when the goods have been exported.  The easement, which excludes all controlled goods and dual use goods, will be in place for a limited time, which will be announced in due course.

A press notice outlining the change can be found here

Further guidance is available here: Taking humanitarian aid out of Great Britain to support Ukraine – GOV.UK (

The remainder of this email explains the process and how you as carriers will help these movements.

Moving goods in baggage using a small vehicle
Small vehicles that can carry up to a maximum of 9 people and weighs 3.5 tonnes or less. If your customers are moving goods in their own baggage or in a small vehicle, they will be permitted to move humanitarian goods under passenger movements.

Under this approach, goods will be declared in one of two ways.

  1. Making an oral declaration: If there are facilities available, through speaking to a Border Force Officer at the ‘goods to declare’ channel or the red point phone in the customs area at the port or airport
  2. Making a declaration by conduct: If there are no facilities available to make an oral declaration, declaration by conduct can be made at the port by either:
  3. walking through a customs control point (this can be a green channel signed ‘nothing to declare’) with the goods;
  4. driving (or being driven) past a customs control point with the goods inside the vehicle,
  5. continuing onward journey, if there are no customs control points.

Customs documentation will not be required.

 Moving goods as freight in a larger vehicle  
A large vehicle is a vehicle that can carry more than 9 people and weighs more than 3.5 tonnes (e.g. a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV)).  For these movements, export goods should be listed as ‘humanitarian aid’ on your booking systems where possible.

Border locations using the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS)
Goods moving via a location using the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) will continue to need a GMR, the process for customers follows:

  1. Have an EORI number starting with GB.
  2. Be registered for the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS).
  3. Get a ‘declaration by conduct’ Goods Movement Reference (GMR) through GVMS by selecting the ‘oral or by conduct declarations’ option.
  4. At the port of export, present your GMR for check-in in order to board.

Border locations using Temporary Storage with Inventory Linking
Public guidance advises customers to check with the relevant carrier / port of steps to take to follow ahead of moving their goods. If a vehicle needs to move as freight through a temporary storage location, Carriers will need to manifest the goods using either

  • T2 for locations using CNS, or
  • ETC 01 for locations using Destin8.

New: updated edition of the GVMS Border Guide

British Embassy The Hague – HMRC has issued a new, second edition of the GVMS Border Guide. This has been updated to reflect new/amended information based on feedback and queries received since 1 January. It doesn’t replace the guidance available on GOV.UK but is a supplement to it providing additional detail. Changes to the Border Guide in the 2nd edition:

  • Additional ‘Note’ at start (Page 1)
  • Amendments to Using GVMS from 1 January 2022 (Page 1 / 2)
  • Amendment to Key Points to follow when using GVMS (Page 2)
  • Additional section on Vehicle Registration Number (VRN) and Trailer Registration Numbers (TRNs) (Page 4)
  • Additional section on difference between arrived and pre-lodged exports for GMR (Page 4)
  • Additional section on When goods should/should not go to an Inland Border Facility (IBF) (Page 4)
  • Additional section on GVMS and Transit movements in and out of Great Britain (Page 5)
  • Amendment to an explanation of Movement Reference Numbers (MRNs) and Declaration Unique Consignment Reference (DUCRs) (Page 6)
  • What to do if a declaration is not ‘arrived’ (Page 7)
  • Additional information for Unaccompanied movements within Business processes section (Page 8)
  • Additional information in Where and how to check if an inspection is required section (Page 9)
  • Additional information in Where to go for an inspection (Page 10)
  • Amendment to Common GMR errors (Page 11)
  • Correction to link for CDS location codes in Shorts Straits Dual Codes section ( Page 12)
  • Amendment to Help and Support information (Page 13)