Goods vehicle movement service: service availability and issues

Due to ongoing issues with the goods vehicle movement service, HMRC have put interim measures in place until midday, Thursday 7 April 2022.

If you do not have a goods movement reference, you can use alternative documentation, for example one of the following:

  • transit accompanying document (TAD) — if you are unable to provide this, you can provide photocopies or digital copies of copy 4 of the single administrative document (SAD)
  • movement reference number
  • entry reference number
  • declaration unique consignment reference (DUCR)

Postal Operators moving goods between Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and the EU will not be able to provide movement reference numbers, so alternative documentation can be accepted. Confirmation for consignments qualifying for the waiver that applies to parcels moving from Great Britain into Northern Ireland, can also be accepted.

Hauliers with empty vehicles can provide an EORI number starting GB.

During the period of the interim measures, hauliers moving through 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
  • need a CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora) permit

Customs declarations must be ‘arrived’ once the goods have arrived in the UK, so that we are aware that the goods are in the country. Due to the ongoing issues, declarations are unable to be ‘arrived’ automatically in CHIEF or the Customs Declaration Service.

If goods arrived in the country while interim measures have been in place, the declarant, trader or third-party intermediary who submitted the declaration, will need to log into CHIEF or the Customs Declaration Service and manually send the ‘arrival’ message, to confirm the goods are in the UK.

HMRC will provide a further update by midday, 7 April 2022. HMRC apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Information available here: 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

Goods vehicle movement service: Planned downtime

Saturday 9 April 2022 9:30pm to 7:30am Sunday 10 April 2022

Due to scheduled maintenance on the Customs Declaration Service, the following service actions linked to the Customs Declaration Service may be affected from 9:30pm on Saturday 9 April 2022 to 7:30am on Sunday 10 April 2022:

  • create or update a goods movement reference (GMR) — goods movement references will go to a ‘non-finalisable’ state if a Customs Declaration Service declaration is being attached during this maintenance
  • check-in goods movement references (GMRs) (outbound) — goods movement references with Customs Declaration Service declarations will go to a ‘controlled’ state during this maintenance and when the maintenance ends:
  • queued messages will be processed
  • the risking response may change from ‘controlled’ to ‘release’
  • embark goods movement reference (outbound) — departure messages will be queued and will be processed and updated when the maintenance ends
  • embark goods movement reference (inbound) — goods movement references with Customs Declaration Service declarations will go to a ‘controlled’ state and when the maintenance ends:
  • queued messages will be processed
  • the risking response may change from ‘controlled’ to ‘release’

During the period of downtime, carriers should continue to collect, validate and embark goods movement references for crossings.

Do not turn off validation during this period of downtime. Goods movement references remain mandatory for freight movements using this service. Hauliers without a valid goods movement reference should be turned away.

Core services will still be available during this downtime. You will still be able to enter and validate New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) and Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) declarations to get a goods movement reference.

HMRC apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Information available here: 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

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