Last reviewed 28 March 2022

The Department for Transport (DfT) is letting companies know that there are new rules for transporting goods to, through or within Europe in 2022. The rules changes are part of the UK’s deal with the EU (the Trade and Co-operation Agreement).

The DfT explains that the rules affect you if you transport goods using:

  • cars and trailers

  • vans or other light goods vehicles (for example, if you run a European courier service)

  • heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

The new rules mean that you might need:

  • to declare you’re transporting goods inside the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (this started from 2 February 2022)

  • a vehicle operator licence and transport manager if you use vans or cars and trailers to transport goods to or through Europe from 21 May 2022

  • declare you’re transporting goods inside the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

From 21 May 2022, you’ll need a standard international goods vehicle operator licence to transport goods in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland using:

  • vans or other light goods vehicles (sometimes called “light commercial vehicles”)

  • vans towing trailers

  • cars towing trailers.

You’ll also need to have a qualified transport manager. If you do not have the qualification, you might be able to be temporarily recognised as a transport manager if you have enough experience.

If you already have a standard international goods vehicle operator licence, you’ll need to add these extra vehicles to your licence.

More detailS can be found on the gov.uk website.