International Trade Update: Full Customs Controls are now in place
Full customs controls were introduced as planned on 1 January 2022 for goods moving between the EU and Great Britain, except from Ireland. A reminder of the changes implemented can be found here > 

This week we also share guidance on moving category 1 goods, registering for the Goods Vehicle Movement Service and accessing Chamber Training Courses.

If you have any queries please email the International Trade team at or telephone 01223 237414.

Karen Cash
International Trade Team Leader
Moving Category 1 Goods

HMRC have put in place a contingency to allow hauliers moving Category 1 goods to move from a port of departure if, exceptionally, they do not have the necessary customs declaration or are experiencing issues with GVMS.

Carriers may choose to deploy this contingency on a case by case basis if no other reasonable solutions are possible. HMRC will actively monitor use of the contingency and identify repeat or regular use of the process.

To be recognised under the contingency, a haulier should be advised to alert the carrier that they are carrying Category 1 goods if they are to be turned away from a port of departure. The haulier should provide a basic summary of their goods and their port of destination before they are able to board.

From 1 January 2022, businesses need to be ready to comply with full customs controls on all imports from the EU except for from the island of Ireland. 

Further information is available in the pack available to download here >

Register for the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) 

These are the immediate actions you need to take if you will be moving goods through border locations that use GVMS. 

Full customs controls are now in place so HMRC is urging anyone who is going to be moving goods through GVMS ports to register for GVMS as soon as possible.

This includes:
  • Large retail businesses that transport and declare their own goods
  • Logistics businesses hired to transport goods and complete customs processes on behalf of another business
  • Independent drivers that transport goods and do their own customs paperwork
  • Companies that sub-contract to pick up goods on behalf of another business.

To move goods through border locations that use GVMS, you must:
  • Register for GVMS now. You will need to use this system to create a Goods Movement Reference (GMR) for any goods you move between Great Britain (GB) and the European Union (EU).
  • Get a Goods Movement Record (GMR). Any movements (including empties) into GB from the EU (excluding Ireland), or to the EU from GB, started after 11.59pm GMT on 31 December 2021 must have a GMR. Without one, drivers will not be able to board the ferry or shuttle.
  • Check if you need to report for an inspection of your goods using your GMR. If the goods you’re importing or exporting are selected for inspection, most ports will check the goods on site. Port of Dover and Eurotunnel require drivers to attend an inland border facility (IBF), as does Holyhead if you’re exporting goods from Great Britain.
The person who created the GMR (usually the haulier) must ensure the goods arrive at an IBF for a check and that their drivers are made aware, or have the means to check, if an inspection is required. The haulier and/or driver may be liable to a penalty of up to £2,500 if they fail to follow HMRC instructions to attend an IBF.

Support available
Check GOV.UK for more information, but if you need more help on these requirements, you can call the Customs and International Trade helpline on 0300 322 9434 from 8.00am to 10.00pm Monday to Friday, and 8.00am to 4.00pm at weekends.

International Trade Training Courses

With all the changes around trading internationally it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with our training courses which are regularly updated.

Coming up this month:

Understanding Exporting
Thursday 13 January, 9.30am-1.00pm

This course will cover all the basic key areas around exporting. It will explain the requirements for documentation, plus an overview of country of origin and incoterms.

Register here > 

An Introduction to IPAFFS
Thursday 20 January, 9.30am-1.00pm

IPAFFS (Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed Systems) is a web-based service for the application for, and issuing of, Common Health Entry Documents (CHEDs) for imports from outside the EU and EEA of live animals, their products and germplasm.

By the end of this course you will have the knowledge to successfully import live animals, their products and germplasm.

Register here > 

Understanding Importing
Tuesday 25 January, 9.30am-1.00pm

International markets offer huge opportunities for UK businesses. This Introduction to Importing course covers all the basic key areas around importing. Plus, we will explain the requirements for documentation, and give an overview of country of origin and incoterms.

Register here >

The full list of our 2022 courses are available to view and book via our website or you can download our training flyer.

If you are unsure which of our courses would be beneficial for your business please discuss with our International Trade Team by calling 01223 237414 or emailing

Contact the Chamber

01223 237414 •
Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce
Clifford House, 2 Station Yard, Oakington, Cambridge, CB24 3AH