Last reviewed 5 January 2022

New Year’s Day saw the arrival of new inspections for heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers arriving at the Port of Dover, Eurotunnel or Holyhead (see “Hauliers warned of New Year changes to goods movement”).

Operators moving goods between the European Union and Great Britain, and their drivers might want to check a new leaflet published by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Available at, it gives a step-by-step guide to what to expect and how to prepare.

HMRC reminds hauliers that move goods between the EU and Great Britain that they must register for the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) of which details can be found at

Before the driver goes to the border, they must have a valid passport to enter the UK and have a valid Goods Movement Reference (GMR) barcode for the journey on paper or on their phone.

This will be generated by the GVMS and will start with “GMR”.

In addition, the driver must know how to check during the crossing whether they have been selected for a customs inspection at a UK inland border facility (IBF), either by checking online through their Government Gateway/GVMS account or by checking display screens if using Eurotunnel.

They are advised to download the “Attend an IBF” digital service before their journey, if they have a smartphone, and use the service if they need to book into a facility.