Last reviewed 19 November 2020

As we reported recently (see Where to get information about post-transition rules for hauliers), the Department for Transport (DfT) has opened advice sites where hauliers and heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers can get information about trading with the EU after the end of the transition period.

Adding to the help available, it has now published the Haulier Handbook offering guidance on transporting goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021.

Soon to be translated into 13 different languages, the Handbook can be found at

At the moment, it is only available online but a PDF version will be added in a few days so that drivers can be given copies.

Road Haulage Association (RHA) Chief Executive, Richard Burnett said: “With only weeks to go, it’s crucial that hauliers do everything they can now to prepare for new trading rules. Deal or no deal, firms will have to undertake customs processes to continue moving goods across borders from 1 January.”

The Handbook looks at what documents will be needed, explains how to follow new rules to manage traffic heading to ports and gives details of the new border control processes.

It also covers Safety and Security (S&S) declarations, cross-border responsibilities when moving goods and the possible need for European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permits.

Separate guidance on moving goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be published in the near future.