From 1 January 2021, the Port of Holyhead cannot process ATA Carnets, so you’ll need to go to Roadking Truckstop when moving goods with an ATA Carnet.
New rules for January 2021
The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year.
This page tells you what you’ll need to do from 1 January 2021. It will be updated if anything changes.
You can also read about the transition period.
The ATA Carnet is an international customs document. It can be used to temporarily import and export non-perishable goods that are tax-free and duty-free for up to one year.
From 1 January 2021, if you’re moving goods inbound or outbound with an ATA Carnet through the Port of Holyhead in Wales, you will need to go to Roadking Truckstop to process your ATA Carnet.
Roadking Truckstop address:
Monday to Sunday: 7am to 10pm
You must enter the ATA Carnet processing area no later than 9:45pm.
You can get to Roadking Truckstop by exiting the A55 at junction 2.
You can use the Welsh Government’s live traffic alert service to check if there are any issues affecting traffic in the area.
Roadking can process your ATA Carnet 7 days a week from 7am to 10pm. You won’t be able to enter the ATA Carnet area until 7am. The last entry to the ATA Carnet processing area will be at 9.45pm.
Before you arrive
When your crossing is confirmed, you will need to let Border Force know when you expect to arrive at Roadking Truckstop. You must do this at least 24 hours before you’re due to arrive. You must also tell Border Force if you’re transporting live animals.
Email Border Force at: BFHolyhead@HomeOffice.gov.uk
Getting to Roadking Truckstop if traffic is diverted
Even if traffic is being diverted away from Roadking Truckstop, you will still need to go there to have your ATA Carnet processed. You will need to leave Roadking Truckstop as soon as it has been processed.
You might need to tell port authority staff at the Port of Holyhead, and security staff at Roadking Truckstop’s entrance, that you are travelling with an ATA Carnet.
There may be times when outbound HGV traffic is diverted to Roadking, ahead of arrival at the port of Holyhead and you should refer to Welsh Government plans ahead of your journey.
Transporting live animals under an ATA Carnet
When you tell the Border Force about your travel plans, you also need to tell them that you are transporting live animals. This will help them to prioritise the processing of your ATA Carnet.
If you’re a UK trader transporting live animals you’ll need to lodge a travel plan with Defra before you start your journey.
See Defra’s guide to live transport for more information.
Get more information about ATA Carnets
Find out how to:
- get an ATA Carnet to import goods into the UK on the International Chamber of Commerce website
- apply for an ATA Carnet to take goods temporarily out of the UK
Read section 2 of Notice 104 to find out more about ATA Carnets.