Essential Information for UK Hauliers Driving to the EU in a No Deal Brexit Scenario

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal then UK hauliers and commercial drivers who operate in the EU will require new documents to enable them to transport
goods as at present.
The DVLA advise relevant hauliers and commercial drivers to prepare the following documents:

  • International Driving Permit(s) in some countries (France, Italy and Cyprus)
  • A passport which has 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 your passport
  • An ECMT permit for some journeys (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.).  Check if you need an ECMT permit.
  • A Driver Certificate of Professional Competence
  • A tachograph driver card

Vehicle documents needed include:

  • Motor insurance green card(s) for the vehicle and/or trailer and for separate policies e.g. insurance renewal
  • A GB Sticker on the vehicle
  • A vehicle log book

The DVLA advise hauliers to check the EU exit haulier guidance and download the reference guide for the most up to date list of documents.

Documents from the shipping provider
In addition to driver and vehicle documents, drivers will also need to request separate cargo and customs documents from the shipping agent.
More documents will be required if the cargo transported is deemed to be high risk goods or 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.
Documentation for importing and exporting goods
EU countries may impose different requirements on their side of the border. Carrying goods that do not comply with EU requirements could result in delays or penalties.
Drivers should familiarise themselves with these new processes.