Last reviewed 13 October 2020

As part of its preparations for the end of the transition period, the Government has published an updated Border Operating Model, providing further detail on how the GB-EU border will work and the actions that traders and hauliers need to take.

This confirms that hauliers will need a Kent Access Permit to proceed to the border and that EU, EEA and Swiss national ID cards will not be acceptable for travel to the UK, including for drivers, from October 2021.

A detailed, 138-page, policy paper entitled “The border with the European Union: Importing and exporting goods” can be found at

This includes details of the ”Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border” Service which was formerly referred to as Smart Freight.

It also gives further information on delayed customs declarations and the requirements of Entry in Declarants Records (EIDR) as well as information on what ‘poor compliance history’ means and details of the new infrastructure requirements including locations.

The Cabinet Office said: “The easy-to-use ‘Check an HGV’ service will allow hauliers to check if they have the correct customs documentation and obtain a Kent Access Permit.”

In a further move to support the customs intermediaries sector, the Government has announced that it will exercise an exemption within EU state aid rules to increase the amount of support that businesses can access from the Customs Grant Scheme.

To date, the Government has provided more than £80 million in funding to support the customs intermediary sector with training, new IT and recruitment.

Presenting the updated Border Operating Model, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, said: “With fewer than three months to go, businesses need to prepare now for new procedures whether or not we reach a trade agreement with the EU, so that they can seize the significant opportunities that lie ahead.”