Moving goods through the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel with an ATA Carnet from 1 January 2021
From 1 January 2021, the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel cannot process ATA Carnets, so find out where to go when moving goods with an ATA Carnet.
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.
For current information, read: Take goods temporarily out of the UK
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 with an ATA Carnet through Port of Dover or Eurotunnel, you will need to go to alternative sites to process your ATA Carnet.
If these alternative sites are full, you might be diverted to another location. The police or Highways England will let you know if there are any diversions.
Check if any diversions are in place before you travel to the port on Highways England’s website.
If traffic management systems in Kent – known as Operation Brock – are activated, border readiness checks will take place in traffic queues.
If you’re a haulier and do not have all the correct documents to cross the border, you’ll be told to go to a holding site in Ashford or Manston Airport. Once you get there, you will have a limited period to establish what you need to do to be able to cross the border.
Entering the UK through the Port of Dover
You will need to go to Dover Western Docks to have your ATA Carnet processed:
Dover Western Docks
Lord Warden Square
Dover Western Docks is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Entering the UK through Eurotunnel
You will need to go to Ashford International Truck Stop to have your ATA Carnet processed:
Ashford International Truck Stop
Ashford International Truck Stop is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Leaving the UK through the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel
To have your ATA Carnet processed, you will need to go to either:
Roads close to the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel are likely to be very busy, so you should consider going to either North Weald Airfield or Ebbsfleet International Station.
If you’re in a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) and diversions are in place, you will need to go to Manston Airport.
North Weald Airfield
North Weald Airfield
North Weald Bassett
North Weald Airfield is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
Ebbsfleet International Station
Ebbsfleet International Rail Station car park D
Ebbsfleet International Rail Station is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
15 Ashford Road
Stop 24 is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs)
If diversions are in place to manage freight traffic on the major roads leading to the Port of Dover, you will need to go to:
The Cargo Centre
Manston Airport is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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.