'A smart border for smart drivers' in France – Brexit update

Fri 22 Mar 2019
Posted by: William Barns-Graham
Trade News

Procedures are being put in place at the French border in preparation for a no-deal Brexit. New customs formalities and checks will be carried out. For those moving goods over the French border, to avoid delays at the border, you will need to have completed the necessary documentation.

In a flyer entitled ‘A smart border for smart drivers’, the following formalities are explained:

  • Drivers transporting goods for export, import or transit need to ensure they have their International Consignment Note, driving license, vehicle documents and Master Reference Number
  • Those transporting sanitary or phytosanitary (SPS) goods will be subject to documentary checks and possible physical checks on the goods being transported
  • Those transporting fishery products will need to carry specific authorisation and may be subject to customs checks
  • Those driving empty HGVs will only be required to carry their driving license and vehicle documents

Below are two illustrated videos explaining the process, but please note the voice-over is in French.

The Institute will continue to provide useful updates and links to ensure that exporters or businesses involved in moving goods between the UK and France have as much information as possible should a ‘No Deal Brexit’ take place in the coming weeks.