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Update from HMRC

05 April 2022/Categories: Industry News, Membership

Due to the ongoing system issues with Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS), we are continuing to allow an interim measure enabling vehicles or trailers to travel without a Goods Movement Reference (GMR) until midday Thursday April 7th.  We apologise for the inconvenience this is causing.


The GVMS service availability page is being updated urgently https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/register-for-the-goods-vehicle-movement-service-service-availability-and-issues/register-for-the-goods-vehicle-movement-service-service-availability-and-issues


Hauliers will need other evidence that a declaration has been made for example:


  • Transit Accompanying Document (TAD) (If unable to create a TAD, then photocopies or digital copies of copy 4 of the SAD should be carried)
  • Movement Reference Number (MRN)
  • Entry Reference Number (ERN)
  • Declaration Unique Consignment Reference (DUCR)
  • Postal Operators moving goods between GB and the EU will not be able to provide MRNs so alternative documentation can be accepted. Similarly, confirmation that consignments which qualify for the waiver that applies to parcels moving from GB into NI can also be accepted
  • Hauliers with empty vehicles can provide their GB EORI number


During this downtime, hauliers moving via Dover, Holyhead or Eurotunnel will not need to attend an Inland Border Facility unless they are instructed to by a customs officer, or if they are moving goods that are:

  • going to an office of departure or office of destination (starting or ending a transit movement);
  • covered by an ATA Carnet; or
  • need a CITES permit.


Customs declarations must be ‘arrived’ once the goods have arrived in GB, so that HMRC is aware that the goods are in the country. During the downtime, it has not been possible for declarations to be ‘arrived’ automatically in CHIEF or CDS via GVMS.


For goods that have arrived in GB while the interim measures have been in place, the declarant, trader or third-party intermediary who submitted the declaration will need to notify HMRC of the goods’ arrival manually.


To do this the declarant, trader or third-party intermediary will need to log into CHIEF or CDS and send the ‘arrival’ message confirming the goods are in the UK.


We are undertaking robust investigations into our systems to address the underlying issues behind this outage.  A further update will be provided before midday Thursday April 7th.


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