Transport

Transport is one of the areas where there is the greatest potential for delay and disruption in real time – and where there will be immediate rule changes.

Not immediately, existing EU Community Licences, held by UK hauliers, will remain valid until at least the end of 2019.

Arrangements for 2020 will need to be negotiated between the UK and EU. Further information is available here: gov.uk/guidance/international-authorisations-and-permits-for-road-haulage?step-by-step-nav=9be67e23-bd76-4d60-b6e1-66e0dce5965a

Drivers transporting goods internationally are already required to carry a series of documents outlined here: gov.uk/guidance/vehicle-documents-required-for-international-road-haulage?step-by-step-nav=9be67e23-bd76-4d60-b6e1-66e0dce5965a

In addition, after a no-deal, it will be necessary to carry:

You must register commercial trailers over 750kg and all trailers over 3,500kg before you can drive through some countries in Europe.

This applies irrespective of Brexit given that the UK has now ratified the 1968 Vienna Convention on road traffic.

It is a quick and simple process: gov.uk/register-trailer-to-take-abroad

The system will attempt to screen out non-complaint vehicles before reaching the border, with document checks for queuing vehicles on the M20, at Manston Airport and on the main roads in to Calais. Eurostar is also likely to introduce document checks at its freight terminal in Folkestone.

There will be facilities provided for drivers to obtain some missing documents at Manston Airport, although you are advised to secure these in advance.

At the border, we anticipate some pragmatism, in both directions, in the initial adjustment period, with warnings for minor infractions. However, flagrant infractions would result in the vehicle being turned back. 

The only way to be completely confident of clearing the border is to fully comply with all regulations. 

Sign up to the road freights updates from the department of transport. This is relevant when you transport non-dangerous goods by road including regulations, guidance, funding opportunities, statistics, etc.

We expect the government to release details of the different management systems to reduce the impact if the traffic builds up in the approach to specific ports.

Operation Brock was developed for lorries heading to mainland Europe from Kent and is currently inactive. highwaysengland.co.uk/OperationBrock

If queues do build, you are advised to check the news to establish the likely waiting times. Ensure your drivers set out with ample water and food provisions.

Welfare facilities such as water, food, toilets and showers will be provided at Manston Airport. Some portable toilets may be provided on the Kent motorways if queues becomes routine.

Potentially not. You may need to use different pallets if they don’t conform to the ISPM15 standard. This is designed to prevent the spread of pests via wooden packaging materials and is applied to all pallets entering the EU from a third country. Under a No Deal Brexit, the UK would legally become a third country and therefore automatically subject to this rule unless it is amended to grant an exemption.

To comply with the standard, wooden pallets need to be heat treated or fumigated. Since this hasn’t previously been necessary for transport from the UK to the rest of the EU, these pallets may be in short supply.

There may be a transition period and a flexible approach to enforcement initially but this cannot be guaranteed. Speak to your pallet provider or pallet pool operator for advice.

It is unlikely to prove a difficulty for goods travelling from the EU into the UK. The UK government intends to apply a risk-based approach and would not insist on treated pallets unless a specific pest control problem were to arise. However, there is already an EU requirement to use ISPM15 compliant pallets when transporting goods from Portugal and from certain parts of Spain and this rule is likely to be retained. Also, low level checks will continue to be made on a sample of pallets for pest control purposes.

Yes, the same regulation applies throughout the EU although it is possible that enforcement might vary in practice at a local level. In particular, all parties may prioritise avoiding disruption to trade between the two parts of Ireland. However, to be certain of compliance, you will need to use ISPM15 certified pallets.

You will need a passport with at least 6 months remaining before its expiry date.

You will no longer be covered by a European Health Insurance Card and so health insurance for your trip is recommended.

If you are intending to drive, you are likely to need an international driving permit: https://www.postoffice.co.uk/identity/international-driving-permit

You won’t need a visa for any trip lasting less than 90 days unless the European Commission withdraws its concession to UK nationals on this.

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