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Goods vehicle movement service causes chaos in the 1st week of the real Brexit

The Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) became mandatory for all EU/GB road shipments this week in the latest phase of Brexit restrictions.

(If you haven’t got all the info on the real Brexit, download our Brexit pack here!)

This new wave of regulations, that came into effect on the 1st anniversary of Brexit, removes all of your safety nets of delayed customs clearance declarations and foodstuff grace periods.

From 1st January, all of your road shipments into the U.K. require import customs clearance before leaving the EU, as well as copies of all paperwork to accompany the vehicle.

Some foodstuffs are no longer legal to import, and all others now require pre-notification on the Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System (IPAFFS).

And there are stricter requirements for preferential duty on EU imports.

However, these new restrictions have not been implemented without error.

Many hauliers have been delayed in crossing due to problems with their Goods Vehicle Movement Service references.

How does the Goods Vehicle Movement Service work?

The Goods Vehicle Movement Service is the system for processing customs clearances when your goods are travelling by road between the EU and the U.K.

Before your goods leave the originating country, the following documents need to be uploaded to generate a Goods Movement Reference (GMR):

– Commercial documents (invoice, packing list, CMR).
– Any supporting documents (Eg: 
T1 formsTransfer of Residence formcatch certificates).
– Export customs clearance.
– Import customs clearance.

Along with all details of the intended crossing from the haulier. 

When the vehicle books onto the ferry, or the Eurotunnel, the GMR is made live on the Goods Vehicle Movement Service and the customs declarations are made live.

What have the problems been with GVMS?

There have been several delays in this first week of the real Brexit through problems from both the Goods Vehicle Movement System and user input. 

GVMS crashed on the first day, leaving many vehicles unable to embark from the EU as their GMR was not able to be made live.

User error has also been high due to the lack of testing in the run up to implementation. 

HMRC has collected a list of the common errors experienced in the first few days and issued this checklist for GVMS users:

– Get a GMR for all movements, including empties.

– Do not use the trailer reference when entering the Vehicle Registration Number (VRN) into the GMR for an accompanied movement, as this means the carrier will be unable to validate your GMR.

– Do not add EU export Movement Reference Numbers (MRNs) into the GMR.

– Ensure that you are entering the correct type of declaration reference which is relevant for your movement. For exports via CHIEF or CDS, this is the DUCR number. For imports via CDS this is your MRN, and for imports via CHIEF this is your ERN. 

– Declarants: use the dual location code for all export declarations from GB to the EU when moving goods through the borders of Dover and the Eurotunnel. 

– Declarants: ensure that RRS01 is included on your import or export declaration if your goods are being moved via a GVMS border location, otherwise the GMR will be invalid and your goods will be delayed.

Have you had problems with GVMS? 

The entire process is explained in our Brexit Pack, which is free for you to download and contains all the information relating to the real Brexit changes from 1st January, 2022, and more upcoming restrictions.
If you need immediate help on the Goods Vehicle Movement Service, contact one of our experts for assistance today. 

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