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Getting Ready for GVMS

What steps do you need to take to be ready for GVMS?

From the 1st of January, full customs controls will apply to all goods moving between the EU & Great Britain.

The Goods Vehicle Movement System (GVMS) has been designed to enable fast and efficient movement of goods and will be used by most UK ports.

From the 1st of January 2022, if you're not registered and attempt to move goods through a GVMS port, you won't be able to:

  • Board the ferry or shuttle

  • Cross the EU/UK border

  • Clear your goods through customs.

First of all, what is GVMS?

GVMS is a new IT system introduced by the UK government to support the Pre-Lodgement model for both imports and exports, and to facilitate transit movements.

The pre-lodgement model ensures that all declarations are pre-lodged before they board which will help mantain the flow of traffic, which is especially important at high volume RoRo locations like the port of Dover.

GVMS will allow us to:

  • Enable declaration references to be linked together so that the person moving the goods only has to present one single Goods Movement Reference (GMR) at the frontier.

  • Allow the linking of the movement of the goods to declarations, enabling automatic arrival/departure notifications within HMRC systems.

  • Automate the Office of Transit function, marking the entry of goods into NI or GB.

  • Allow notification of the risking outcome of declarations (held or cleared) in HMRC systems to be sent to the person in control of the goods by the time they physically arrive in NI or GB.

Who needs to register for GVMS?

Any hauliers that move goods through ports that have adoped GVMS, whether based in the UK or not, will need to register for GVMS.

What do I need to do to register?

To do this, you will need:

  • A Government Gateway Account


  • Access to GVMS

If you follow the above link, and scroll down the page to find the below "Register now" button, you can start the process here.

If you already have a Government Gateway Account, you can use your existing details, otherwise, you want to look for the "Create sign in details" link below the password field.

You will also need to apply for a GB EORI number which can be done on the link below if you do not have one already.

HMRC hosted two webinars to help guide hauliers through this process, one for UK based hauliers, and one for non-UK based hauliers. We recommend watching the relevant video if you are stuck in any step of the process.

You can also read our recently published GVMS FAQ blog post which contains some questions and answers collated by BIFA off the back of webinars they hosted themselves.

In summary, GVMS is going to become a vital part of the customs process when trading with the UK from the 1st of January 2022. You will need a GMR in advance of each shipment departing as without this, drivers will not be able to board ferries and you will not be able to clear your goods through customs.

To be able to register your movement on GVMS and get the required GMR, you will need to have a pre-lodged customs declaration completed in advance as you will require either a CHIEF Entry Number or a CDS Movement Reference Number to do so.

Speak to ACT today to find out how we can help you both with your pre-lodged customs declarations and getting you prepared for GVMS.


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