The Government’s Border Delivery Group has issued a detailed (81 pages) guide to how Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo) transport will be affected from the day after the UK leaves the European Union on 31 October.

While it emphasises that the Government would prefer to leave the EU with a deal, it states that, in the event of no deal, “we will prioritise security and flow”.

This approach will, the guide suggests, allow trade to flow freely whilst Government works towards its longer term objectives of “balancing compliance with flow”.

Recognising that the RoRo environment is the key to UK-EU trade, the Government highlights that there will be a number of easements in place for RoRo movements for the period following exit day, in order to give business more time to prepare for changes.

The default position for RoRo is that all accompanied freight will be free to board and disembark the ferries or the Le Shuttle trains as they do now, and only stop if they are required to by Border Force officials.

Available at www.communigator.co.uk, the guide explains the importance of applying for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number and then goes on to set out the main operational requirements of various Government Departments with regard to the RoRo mode of transport.

These include: HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC); the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra); the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA); the Food Standards Agency (FSA); the Home Office; Border Force; Department for Transport (DfT); and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Detailed information is given on all stages of the trading process including; pre-lodging an import Customs Declaration; the use of Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSPs); CITES (Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species); and product conformity, safety and standards.

Of particular interest to drivers are sections such as:

  • what a haulier should expect on Day 1 — inbound to RoRo locations in the UK;

  • drivers’ hours and Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC);

  • the need for hauliers to carry evidence that a customs declaration has been pre-lodged.

Last reviewed 16 August 2019