The Department for Transport (DfT) has said that its launch of a new multi-million pound campaign will ensure that hauliers have everything they need from traders to get through border customs smoothly after the UK leaves the EU.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps explained: “As an outward-facing global trading nation, the efficiency of our ports is of paramount importance. This multi-million-pound initiative ensures the UK will remain open for business, with goods continuing to move freely.”

As part of the campaign an email has been sent to 70,000 UK operators, industry bodies and other interested parties detailing essential information for those driving to the EU after 31 October.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, hauliers will be required to go through customs checks when exporting goods to the EU from the UK. It is the responsibility of traders to apply and obtain the right paperwork for the goods hauliers are carrying.

The Government will also be providing hauliers with a handbook and a pocket guide to clearly set out how they can prepare themselves, their vehicles and their goods so that they can continue to travel freely. The how-to guides will be available across the country and the continent at 150 pop-up facilities in service stations, truck stops and petrol stations.

For those who would rather download a copy, they can find it here: assets.publishing.service.gov.uk.

Other initiatives in the information campaign include: messages embedded into every booking confirmation email issued to hauliers by ferry operators, advising that anyone travelling from 31 October will require specific customs paperwork; and tailored emails in relevant languages to influential trade bodies in countries across the EU covering border readiness and new traffic management requirements.

Road Haulage Association (RHA) chief executive Richard Burnett said: “It is imperative that the entire supply chain understands what will be required. This campaign will ensure hauliers get everything they need from traders to get through border customs smoothly, thereby reducing the risk of holdups at ports and ferry terminals.”

Last reviewed 11 September 2019