Is your HGV ready to cross the border?

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As of 15 December 2020 the Government have announced that hauliers and commercial drivers are now able to log on to the “Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border service” to register your details and prepare for any upcoming journeys you have in the New Year.

The new service is designed to make it quick and easy for you to check that you have the right customs documentation in place for the goods you’re carrying before setting off – preventing any unnecessary journeys and reducing disruption at the border.

It is the responsibility of the driver to do the check, but this can be done on their behalf by their manager.

From 1 January 2021, drivers travelling to the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel will be required to use the “Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border service” and have a Kent Access Permit (KAP).

A KAP will be required regardless of agreement of the outcome of the negotiations, so please ensure you are prepared. You can be fined £300 if you do not use the service when travelling through Kent or if you provide a fraudulent declaration.

Click here to sign up to the service.

The haulier handbook

A more comprehensive version has been published.

Find out everything you need to know about transporting goods between GB and the EU from 1 January 2021.

Should you require any further assistance please get in contact with our friendly expert Ruth Corkin on or 03300243200 and she’ll be happy to help.

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Ruth Corkin - Prinicipal - VAT and Indirect Tax Advisory at Hillier Hopkins

Ruth has been involved with VAT for over 30 years. She started her VAT career as a Customs and Excise Officer in Essex and then moved into consultancy with a variety of well-known accountancy firms. She is well known in the VAT world and is the proud author of many articles and technical works.

Contact Ruth at or on +44 (0)1908 713860

Based at the following office - Milton Keynes, Watford and London