Last reviewed 16 October 2020

We recently reported that the Government’s new Smart Freight system for helping hauliers to deal with border controls after the end of the transition period had been relaunched as ”Check an HGV” (see “Kent Access Permit will be needed at UK-EU border”).

A guide to what UK goods vehicle operators need to do to carry out international road haulage from 1 January 2021, available at GOV.UK, now includes more information about how the new service will work.

The guide previously gave details on matters including registering vehicle trailers, displaying GB stickers, what to do if a vehicle is involved in a road accident and how to get the right permits.

It has now added “Check an HGV is ready to cross the border service”.

This explains that hauliers will be able to use the service to demonstrate that a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) has the right EU import and commodities documentation for the goods it is carrying, in advance of crossing the Great Britain/EU border.

HGVs travelling via the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel must use the service to obtain a Kent Access Permit before entering Kent. Use of the service will be optional for all other ports in Great Britain.

It should be noted that failure to use the service to travel via the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel, or providing a fraudulent declaration, will result in a £300 fine.

According to the Department for Transport (DfT), the service will be fully operational “by December 2020”.