Online HGV border pre-check service for Kent crossings goes live

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DfT - Trucks need KAP for Brexit Dover-Eurotunnel crossing.

'Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border' service is available now.



Hauliers and commercial drivers are now able to log on to the ‘Check a HGV is Ready to Cross the Border’ service to register their details and prepare for any upcoming journeys they may have in the New Year.

The new service is designed to make it quick and easy for you to check that you have the right customs documentation for the goods you’re carrying before setting off – preventing any unnecessary journeys and reducing disruption at the border

It is the responsibility of the driver to do the check, but this can be done on their behalf by their manager.

From 1 January 2021, drivers travelling to the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel will be required to use the Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border service and get a Kent Access Permit (KAP). A KAP will be required regardless of agreement of the outcome of the negotiations. You can be fined £300 if you do not use the service when travelling through Kent or if you provide a fraudulent declaration.

Drivers of HGVs lighter than 7.5 tonnes or those leaving from a port other than Dover or Eurotunnel do NOT need a Kent Access Permit (KAP) but should still use the checker to ensure compliance at their border crossing.