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GVMS (Goods Vehicle Movement Service).  This is the UK HMRC’s system for notifying them of the arrival or departure of vehicles carrying goods to / from the EU to / from the UK.
The GVMS system Produces a GMR (Goods Movement Reference) which from the 1st January 2022 will be required for ALL vehicles travelling to / from the UK to / from EU.

It is the haulier's responsibility to ensure that their vehicle has a GMR when crossing the border.


A GMR is an electronic envelope which holds all customs requirements for consignment (s) abord a vehicle crossing the channel.  For example, if a haulier is carrying 10 different consignments, currently they would have 10 different MRN’s (one for each consignment) and they would present all 10 MRNs at the border (plus any Safety & Security Declaration such as EXS / ENS MRN’s).  From the 1st January 2022 these 10 MRNs must be entered into the GVMS system (along with vehicle details and date and route of entry / exit), to produce a singular GMR which must be presented to allow check-in to Ferries prior when crossing to/from UK. 

For the sake of clarity, if the haulier is carrying a single consignment (i.e, a full load) the single MRN and Safety and Security Declaration must be entered into GVMS to create a GMR, the GMR will be the only number to be presented at Ferry Check in / with ferry booking.

  • UK > EU Specific – A GMR must be populated with an ENS, EXS (if applicable) and an EAD OR Transit Document for each consignment on board
  • EU > UK Specific – A GMR must be populated with full Import Declarations for each consignment on board (PLUS Safety and Security Declaration from 1/7/22)

A GVMS “App” is available, but all major ferry operators (and Eurotunnel) will provide screens on board to show the customs status of your vehicle and instructions given here for vehicle on arrival MUST be followed to avoid serious penalties.

Hauliers can apply with HMRC for a GVMS account to produce GMR’s themselves OR appoint a 3rd party to produce them on their behalf - Motis Freeflow can provide this service.

Motis Freeflow can provide multiple services to assist our customers:-

  1. Full import/export declarations with ENS/EXS (as required) consolidated to a single GMR
  2. Full import/export declarations with ENS/EXS as required, Haulier creates own GMR
  3. GMR only – For Hauliers who’s customers already provide Import/Export declarations & associated MRNs but Haulier still needs to consolidate in a GMR

ENS requirements


Don't forget that you will need an ENS declaration in order to populate your GMR, no ENS, no GMR (UK < EU).

If you need assistance with completing an ENS declaration Motis Freeflow can or a solution to fit your needs. Learn More


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