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GVMS - Tips To Avoid Delays

BIFA's Policy team have produced this Article in conjunction with HMRC following the ending of staged customs controls on 1st January 2022.

HMRC have been monitoring GVMS related problems raised with them by hauliers and would like to remind them of the following points. 

From 1 January 2022, anyone moving goods between Great Britain (GB) and the European Union (EU) through a Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) border location must be registered to use this service. Current arrangements will continue to apply to goods moving from the island of Ireland to GB while discussions on the Northern Ireland Protocol are continuing.

In order to cross the UK border without any delays and complications please make sure the following instructions are followed:

  1. Get a GMR for all movements, including empties

  2. Vehicle Registration Numbers - Do not use the trailer references when entering your Vehicle Registration Number (VRN) into the GMR for an accompanied movement, as this means the carrier will be unable to validate your GMR. The VRN must match the vehicle presenting the GMR

  3. MRN Numbers - Do not add EU export Movement Reference Numbers (MRN) numbers into the GMR

  4. Declaration References - Ensure that you are entering the correct type of declaration reference which is relevant for your movement. For exports via CHIEF or CDS this is the DUCR, for imports via CDS this is the MRN and for imports via CHIEF this is the ERN. For full details around which declaration types should be entered in a GMR refer to Get a goods movement reference on GOV.UK
  5. Declarants - Use the dual location code for all exports declarations from GB to EU - when moving through the border locations of Dover and Eurotunnel

  6. Declarants - Ensure that RRS01 is included on your import or export declaration if your goods are being moved via a GVMS border location, otherwise the GMR will be invalid, and your goods will be delayed. Make sure the RRS01 code is entered at HEADER level.

  7. When an `INSPECTION NEEDED` message displayed please instruct the driver to attend an Inland Border Facility (IBF)

If economic operators do not follow the instructions above, they will be unable to board the vessel.

Please ensure that this guidance is shared with interested parties. This guidance is also available for Members to refer back to via our EU Exit Hub.



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