New Import Control Actions for Hauliers

3 December 2021

The rules on importing and exporting goods from the EU are changing on 1 January 2022. This means that hauliers and logistics companies moving goods from the EU to Great Britain need to prepare for the import control changes, and make sure that they are ready before 1 January when they come into effect.


New Requirements – Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS)

Starting from 1 January 2022, hauliers must be registered for the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) to move any goods between GB and the EU. The GVMS system has been designed to enable fast and efficient movement of goods and will be used by many UK ports. A full list of GVMS ports is available at

If you are not registered, you will not be able to board the ferry or shuttle and cross the GB/EU border.

Go to to register.

Ports that use GVMS to control goods will need pre-lodged declaration references to be linked together within a single reference number, called a Goods Movement Reference (GMR). The driver will need to present a valid GMR to the carrier for check-in.

The driver moving the goods should create the GMR, but it can be done by the haulier manager, or the trader’s customs agent or freight forwarder. You must only create one GMR per vehicle. You can get a GMR at


Take Action

You can sign up for GVMS now at

Visit and follow the step-by-step guide to prepare for import control changes.