Transport goods out of the UK by road: step by step

Department For Transport

September 26
13:23 2019

How to transport goods commercially if youre driving from the UK to or through Europe.

Youll need to complete extra tasks if youre exporting your own goods.

  1. Step 1 Apply for operator licences and permits

    1. Check if you need a vehicle operator licence
    2. Apply for a vehicle operator licence

    You will need other licences and permits, depending on the countries you're driving to or through.

    1. Check which licences and permits you need

    Your vehicle must pass a specialist test before you can transport dangerous goods (ADR test).

    1. Book a specialist vehicle test
  2. Step 2 Make sure your driver is eligible to drive abroad

    Check your driver has:

    The driver must carry these documents with them.

    Your driver will need an IDP to drive in some EU countries if theres a no-deal Brexit.

  3. Step 3 Check the rules for the goods you're carrying

    1. Find out what you need to do if you're exporting your own goods

    There are rules for transporting certain goods. Your driver may need to follow set routes or stop at specific check points if youre transporting mixed loads or specific types of goods. Check the rules for:

    1. Find out what you need to apply for if youre moving goods temporarily out of the UK

    If you're transporting goods outside the EU they must have been cleared by customs (given permission to progress). The exporter can tell you if this has happened.

    All goods will need to be cleared by customs before leaving the UK if there's a no-deal Brexit.

  4. Step 4 Make sure your driver has the rig

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