From 1 January 2021 you need a goods movement reference to move goods from:
the EU to Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales – for transit movements only
Great Britain to Northern Ireland
You may need to use a goods movement reference for Northern Ireland to Great Britain movements (for example a transit movement).
This is a new requirement at ports using the Goods Vehicle Movement Service. You will not be able to move goods without a goods movement reference and you may face delays at the port.
This service brings together multiple declaration reference numbers into a single goods movement reference. This is to speed up the clearance of goods through customs.
If you’re a trader
If you are a trader sending goods, you must:
Check if the port where the goods are arriving is using goods vehicle movement service because you need to pre-lodge declarations.
Before the goods arrive at the departure port you must give the haulier your movement reference numbers from any safety and security declarations, import or export declaration, TIR and ATA carnet numbers. Alternatively you must give your EORI number if you are approved to make an entry in your own records.
If your goods are travelling under common and union transit, you must give the haulier the transit accompanying document, as well as the movement reference numbers for any safety and security declarations.
If you’re a haulier
If your business has been hired by someone to move goods, you must:
Check if the ports where the goods are moving from and to are using goods vehicle movement service.