Hauliers moving goods from Ireland to Great Britain via Northern Irish ports

Hauliers may sometimes need to move exported goods from an EU member state through Northern Ireland.

This usually occurs when goods are moved from Ireland, through Northern Ireland and then across to Great Britain – typically through the ports of Belfast, Larne or Warrenpoint.

If you are new to the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS):

HMRC guidance sets out that hauliers carrying out such movements must Register for the UK’s Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) and create a Goods Movement Reference (GMR).

If you have already registered for GVMS:

Create a GMR for this new movement. The GMR will need to be presented to your carrier at Belfast, Larne or Warrenpoint when you travel to Great Britain.

Completing the GMR: 

You must enter the Master Reference Number (MRN) details from the Export Accompanying Document (EAD) issued in the EU country of export. This will be 18 digits and consists of numbers and letters. It can be found in the top right-hand corner of the EAD. Normally, this MRN will start with the digits “21IE” where the export originates from Ireland.

The current process for making an indirect export from Northern Ireland to Great Britain is outlined on GOV.UK.

For further details around the export of goods from Ireland to Great Britain please refer to the guidance on the Irish Revenue site.