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Brexit: Summary of documents needed for transporting goods into the EU

25 September 2019

This page is out of date. It told you how to prepare for a no-deal Brexit. After 31 January 2020 there will be a transition period until the end of 2020, while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. For current information on transporting goods by road see Transport goods out of the UK by road: step by step.

The government has produced a new summary of the driver, vehicle, cargo and customs documents required to transport goods into the EU after Brexit.

Driver documents

  • international driving permit(s) (IDP) in some countries (France, Italy and Cyprus)
  • passport with at least 6 months left to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland)

If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed.

Check a passport for travel to Europe

  • ECMT permit for some journeys

Note that 99% of journeys between the UK and the EU will continue as they are now, and will not need a permit, until at least 31 December 2019.

  • driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)
  • tachograph driver card

Vehicle documents

  • motor insurance green card(s)
  • GB Sticker on the vehicle and trailer
  • vehicle log book

Customs and cargo documents
You will need to request separate documents from your exporter for the cargo you are carrying.

You will need additional documents if you are transporting:

  • high risk goods
  • animal / plant / other controlled products

It is the responsibility of the exporter to provide these documents, but they will be needed to take goods across the border.

Check local customs processes for France, Holland, Spain and Belgium.

You can download a copy of the information above from the GOV.UK website (PDF, 96K).

The summary document is also available in a number of different languages on the GOV.UK website.