Last reviewed 9 December 2020

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has advised hauliers who move goods through a port in the UK and who plan to use the Goods Vehicle Movement Service that they will need to register for the service in order to get their goods through customs.

Registration opened on 8 December 2020 but, before registering, operators will need to get an EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification) number starting with GB (for any who have so far failed to do so, the full details can be found at www.gov.uk/eori).

“You will need a Government Gateway user ID and password,” HMRC points out. “If you do not have a user ID, you can create one for your business when you register.”

This can be done at www.gov.uk/guidance/register-for-the-goods-vehicle-movement-service (go to “How to register” and “Register Now”) although there is a warning that online services may be slow during busy times with a “reliability checker” available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/register-for-the-goods-vehicle-movement-service-service-availability-and-issues.

After operators have registered, they will need to get a goods movement reference which they will be able to do online. HMRC has said that it will publish guidance once the service is up and running.