Guidance

Moving goods through the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel using common transit from 1 January 2021

From 1 January 2021, find alternative offices of destination or departure when moving goods under Common Transit Convention through the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel.

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 UK will remain in the Common Transit Convention (CTC) from 1 January 2021.

If you are moving goods under the CTC the goods must:

  • start from an office of departure (a government office) or an authorised consignor’s premises (your own or an agent’s premises)
  • pass through an office of transit when entering a new customs area to allow the entry of your goods to be recorded
  • end at an office of destination (a government office) or an authorised consignee’s premises (your own or an agent’s premises)

From 1 January 2021, if you need to attend a government office of destination or departure you will need to go to an inland border facility if you’re travelling through the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel. These sites have been developed to provide additional capacity where this cannot be provided at the port.

Before starting your journey you will need to prepare your goods and plan your route. You also need to check how to complete the different declarations you’ll need.

On occasion we may ask you to present your documents and goods for inspection regardless of whether you are planning to attend the inland facility or not.

If that is the case a message will be issued by the Goods Vehicle Monitoring System and you will be directed to an inland border facility.

If you are attending an inland border facility for goods or documents to be inspected, you will need to inform staff upon arrival at the inland border facility of the reason for your attendance.

Check if any diversions are in place before you travel to the port on Highways England’s website.

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:

Manston Airport
The Cargo Centre
Spitfire Way
Ramsgate
Kent
CT12 5FF

Manston Airport is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when specific traffic management measures are in place in Kent.

Importing goods through the Port of Dover

If you’re not ending the movement of your goods at an authorised consignee’s premises, your primary office of destination is at Dover Western Docks or the Sevington inland border facility as your secondary choice. This will also apply if your goods or documents need to be inspected.

Dover Western Docks address is:

Dover Western Docks
Lord Warden Square
Dover
CT17 9TF

Dover Western Docks is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Sevington inland border facility’s address is:

Sevington inland border facility
Nightingale Close
Sevington
TN24 OTP

Sevington inland border facility is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Importing goods through Eurotunnel

If you’re not ending the movement of your goods at an authorised consignee’s premises, or your goods or documents need to be inspected, go to the office of destination at:

  • Stop 24
  • Sevington inland border facility
  • Ashford Waterbrook inland border facility

The addresses are:

Stop 24
Folkestone Services
Junction 11
M20
Hythe
CT21 4BL

Sevington inland border facility
Nightingale Close
Sevington
TN24 OTP

You may need to use Ashford Waterbrook inland border facility on some occasions if Sevington inland border facility isn’t available.

The address is:

Ashford Waterbrook inland border facility
Ashford International Truck Stop
Waterbrook Avenue
Ashford
TN24 0GB

Stop 24, Sevington inland border facility and Ashford Waterbrook inland border facility are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Exporting through the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel

If you’re not starting the movement of your goods at an authorised consignor’s premises, go to the office of departure at one of the following:

North Weald inland border facility

North Weald inland border facility
Merlin Way
North Weald Bassett
Epping
CM16 6HR

North Weald inland border facility is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Ebbsfleet inland border facility

Ebbsfleet inland border facility
International Way
Ebbsfleet Valley
DA10 1EB

Ebbsfleet inland border facility is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Sevington inland border facility

Sevington inland border facility
Nightingale Close
Sevington
TN24 OTP

Sevington is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Alternative inland border facilities

All drivers have the option to use the inland border facilities at Birmingham and Warrington for outbound Dover and Eurotunnel traffic.

Birmingham inland border facility

Birmingham inland border facility
Birmingham International Airport
BHX Car Park 6
B26 3QY

Birmingham is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This inland border facility is also available for inbound Dover and Eurotunnel traffic if drivers have not been able to utilise the Kent sites.

Warrington inland border facility

Warrington inland border facility
Barley Castle Lane
Appleton Thorn
Warrington
WA4 4SR

Warrington is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Published 19 September 2019
Last updated 11 December 2020 

Guidance

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.

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.

ATA Carnets will usually be processed at the port. However, from 1 January 2021, if you’re moving goods with an ATA Carnet through the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel, you will need to go to a government inland border facility to process your ATA Carnet.

Check if any diversions are in place before you travel to the port on Highways England’s website.

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
CT17 9TF

Dover Western Docks is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You might need to use either the Sevington or Ashford Waterbrook inland border facility on some occasions.

They are open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Sevington inland border facility
Nightingale Close
Sevington
TN24 OTP

Ashford Waterbrook inland border facility
Ashford International Truck Stop
Waterbrook Avenue
Ashford
TN24 0GB

Entering the UK through Eurotunnel

You will need to go to Stop 24 to have your ATA Carnet processed:

The address is:

Stop 24
Folkestone Services
Junction 11
M20
Hythe
CT21 4BL

The option is also available to attend the Sevington inland border facility.

The address is:

Sevington inland border facility
Nightingale Close
Sevington
TN24 OTP

You may need to use Ashford Waterbrook inland border facility on some occasions if Sevington is not available.

The address is:

Ashford Waterbrook inland border facility
Ashford International Truck Stop
Waterbrook Avenue
Ashford
TN24 0GB

They are open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Leaving the UK through the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel

To have your ATA Carnet processed, you will need to go to one of the following:

Roads close to the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel are likely to be very busy, so you should consider going to either North Weald inland border facility or Ebbsfleet inland border facility.

If you’re in a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) and diversions are in place, you will need to go to Manston Airport.

North Weald inland border facility

North Weald inland border facility
Merlin Way
North Weald Bassett
Epping
CM16 6HR

North Weald inland border facility is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Ebbsfleet inland border facility

Ebbsfleet inland border facility
International Way
Ebbsfleet Valley
DA10 1EB

Ebbsfleet inland border facility is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Sevington inland border facility

Sevington inland border facility
Nightingale Close
Sevington
TN24 OTP

Sevington inland border facility 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:

Manston Airport
The Cargo Centre
Spitfire Way
Ramsgate
Kent
CT12 5FF

Manston Airport is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when specific traffic management measures are in place in Kent.

Alternative inland border facilities

All drivers have the option to use the inland border facilities at Birmingham and Warrington for outbound Dover and Eurotunnel traffic.

Addresses are:

Birmingham inland border facility
Birmingham International Airport
BHX Car Park 6
B26 3QY

Birmingham inland border facility is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. This inland border facility is also available for inbound Dover and Eurotunnel traffic if drivers have not been able to use the Kent sites.

Warrington inland border facility
Barley Castle Lane
Appleton Thorn
Warrington
WA4 4SR

Warrington inland border facility is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

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:

Read section 2 of Notice 104 to find out more about ATA Carnets.

Published 19 September 2019
Last updated 11 December 2020 
Guidance

Transporting fresh and live seafood or day-old chicks to the EU from 1 January 2021

What to do if your heavy goods vehicle (HGV) is carrying exclusively fresh and live seafood or day-old chicks and there is severe disruption at Dover or Eurotunnel.

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.

There are no reports of severe disruption at the moment. There is no priority for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) carrying exclusively specific fresh and live seafood for human consumption or day-old chicks.

Priority when there is severe disruption

When there is severe disruption, you will be diverted to a prioritisation control site if you’re carrying exclusively specific fresh and live seafood for human consumption or day-old chicks.

You’ll go through a few checks before you’re able to bypass the Kent traffic management system (Operation Brock) queues between junctions 8 and 9. You’ll need to present documents to prove you’re carrying one of the categories of prioritised goods. This aim is to minimise delays for prioritised vehicles through the traffic management system in Kent if it is needed.

There will be no change to EU import controls.

Move goods through Dover or by Eurotunnel

HGV drivers or designated hauliers will need to use the Check an HGV is ready to cross the border service to:

  • check if they have all the paperwork they need to cross the border
  • get a Kent Access Permit (KAP) before they travel through Kent

This applies whether the HGV is carrying goods or not. If an HGV is empty the driver must still declare this on the Check an HGV is ready to cross the border service and get a valid KAP.

The KAP will be valid for a 24 hour period. The person using the service will be able to select the date and time they would like the KAP to start.

HGV drivers travelling toward the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel could be stopped and fined up to £300 for:

  • entering the road network in Kent without having a KAP
  • making false declarations

Read about the Kent traffic management system.

Published 11 December 2020
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