When planning journeys overseas, operators must be prepared for a variety of different road traffic, cultural and legal circumstances. It is important to respect any local laws within a country’s borders that may differ from those in the UK.

Operations within the EU are greatly simplified by a set of harmonised rules applicable across all Member States and the introduction of the single market, which allows free movement of goods throughout the EU as if it were a single country.

Although the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 all arrangements existing at that time for facilitation of international road haulage between the UK and the remaining 27 EU countries remain in force until the end of year.


This refers only to the movement of general goods.

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