Last reviewed 20 December 2021

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has reminded transport operators that, from 1 January 2022, they should check if they need to report for an inspection when arriving at the Port of Dover, Eurotunnel or Holyhead.

Guidance on the new procedures, available — here, includes information about what hauliers need to include from 1 January 2022 when they present a goods movement reference at an “arrived export” location using the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) and when they present a goods movement reference at other locations as part of a pre-lodged export declaration using the GVMS.

If drivers are arriving into the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel, they will need to attend an Inland Border Facility to have the necessary checks carried out.

In some cases, they may also be stopped by Border Force officers within the port to have checks performed on their vehicle or load. If this happens, they must still attend an inland border facility to complete customs functions if they have received instructions to do so.

The goods must be taken to an Inland Border Facility directly and they must be in the same condition as they were at the time of importation.

A penalty of up to £2500 may be imposed on anyone failing to follow HMRC instructions.

Details of how to register for the GVMS are available — here.