How to ship via Dover - Calais get GMR and complete customs clearance in 2022

If you are planning to travel via Dover, Eurotunnel Folkestone, Calais and Dunkirk (Dunkerque). We have solution for your full customs clearance including getting GMR.

GMR is now required by customs at Dover – Calais crossing and all other shipping routes. So called Brexit Phase 2 has now kicked in and as of 1 January 2022 full customs controls are required for all goods moving to and from European Union and Great Britain. The delayed import declarations are no longer allowed unless you have specific permission from HMRC.

So, if you are planning to move your goods through the ports in the United Kingdom that use the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS), you will need to register for that service to get these goods through customs.

Most popular port locations such as Dover and Eurotunnel, Folkestone are working under the pre-lodgement model. This means you will need to use the GVMS and obtain GMR reference number in order to confirm that you have the correct documentation. You will need import, export or transit documentation before crossing the Channel into the UK from Europe. The Goods Movement Reference (GMR) is required in all circumstances.

If you need customs agent to help you on Dover – Calais, Dover – Dunkirk or Eurotunnel Folkestone – Calais route, we can offer you full customs clearance and transportation service both ways on both sides.

UK EU Border GMR customs Dover Calais
Getting through customs Dover - Calais with GMR
So, how do you register for GVMS and obtain GMR?

To obtain a GMR you must register on the UK’s Goods Vehicle Movement System (GVMS). To register on GVMS you must first obtain a GB Economic Operators Registration and Identification number (EORI number).

If you struggle with these steps, don’t worry! We are here to help; please contact our customs team and we will be able to get you moving. We can raise all required documents for you.

  • If you are moving from United Kingdom to Europe, we can process your UK export declaration and transit document (TAD / T1) or if you prefer, we can pre-lodge your import in the EU as well.
  • If you are moving from European Union to Great Britain, we can process your EU export declaration along with your UK Import (C88) declaration.

Once we do this, we will then get your entry on GVMS and issue a GMR for you, so you can cross the border stress and hassle free.

***As per the the HMRC requirements, if a GMR is not made available at the time of check-in the vehicle will not be shipped ***

What happens next, how do I check my GMR?

Approximately 15-20 minutes before your anticipated UK border crossing, you should check status of your GMR using check GMR status web portal. Whether you use Dover, Eurotunnel Folkestone to and from Calais or Dunkirk, this system will tell you whether your goods are free to progress, or they may need customs control.

Where do the drivers have to go if it shows the word “Customs” when arriving in the UK?

When arriving in Dover the driver should already know which Inland border inspection facility they need to report to. However, if they are unsure then they must report to at least one of the Inland Border Inspection Facilities below.

TN25 6GE
Satellite navigation use: 51.132138, 0.914994

Stop 24
Folkestone Services,
Junction 11 M20, Hythe,
CT21 4BL

Dover Western Docks
Lord Warden Square,
CT17 9DN

For more information check these documents from

If you need transport and customs agent services for your movements, exports or imports to and from UK or Europe, please call us on 01227 722 247, email or get in touch via our website.

Notice: ob_end_flush(): Failed to send buffer of zlib output compression (0) in /home/salvato3/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 5373