Register for the goods vehicle movement service

If you’re a haulier and move goods through a port in the UK that uses the goods vehicle movement service you’ll need to register for the service to get your goods through customs.

If you want to add a team member to your goods vehicle movement service account you must:

  • select ‘Organisation’ when setting up your Government Gateway account
  • have a business tax account with administrator access

The goods vehicle movement service (GVMS) is a UK Government IT platform for moving goods into or out of Northern Ireland and Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales).

Who should register

If you’re a haulier that moves goods into Great Britain from the EU, you currently only need to use the goods vehicle movement service if your goods are moving under the Common Transit Convention or transit.

From 1 January 2022, you will need to use goods vehicle movement service to get any goods that you move through a port in the UK that uses the service, through customs.

Ports using goods vehicle movement service to control goods will need pre-lodged declaration references to be linked together within a single goods movement reference (GMR).

If you do not use it yet, you should register for goods vehicle movement service as soon as possible to make sure you’re ready for the new requirements from 1 January 2022.

Before you register

You should use exactly the same address for goods vehicle movement service registration that you have used for any other Government Gateway service.

Your registration application will be delayed if you use a different address.

You can find out the address you have previously used by accessing an HMRC service you’re already registered for and checking your details.

To register, you will need to get an EORI starting with GB.

How to register

You will need a Government Gateway user ID and password. If you do not have a user ID, you can create one for your business when you register.

Register now

Online services may be slow during busy times. Check if there are any problems with this service.

After you’ve registered

You need to get a goods movement reference.

Add a team member

Adding a team member to the goods vehicle movement service means that you can:

  • have multiple team members use the service when needed
  • manage each member’s level of access to the HMRC services you’ve signed up to

Follow these steps to add a team member:

  1. Sign into your business tax account as an administrator and select ‘manage account’.
  2. Add the team member by selecting ‘Add or delete a team member’.
  3. Select ‘add a team member’ and enter the member’s details.
  4. Once you’ve added the team member, you’ll get a confirmation message.
  5. Return to the team members list where you’ll find the newly added team member, select ’manage’.
  6. Make sure you select ‘give a team member access to a tax, duty or scheme’.
  7. Choose ‘manage team members’ for the ‘goods vehicle movement service‘ option.
  8. Select the team member and make sure that the ‘goods vehicle movement service’ is also selected then ‘save’ your choices.
Published 8 December 2020
Last updated 17 December 2021 
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