HMRC confirm the necessary steps for hauliers when travelling to the Republic of Ireland via a GB route

By Technical Team on 06 Jan 2021

The CIOT has been contacted by HMRC today to highlight the steps that hauliers must take to travel to the Republic of Ireland via a GB route. A ‘GB route’ means that the ferry departs from Great Britain and travels directly to the Republic of Ireland (i.e. the ferry does not travel from GB to Northern Ireland with an onward journey by land).

HMRC states:

“We have been made aware of a number of hauliers being turned back when attempting to board on GB routes into the Republic of Ireland due to them having not completed the necessary steps required by Irish Revenue.

One issue in particular is that some hauliers have not met the Pre-Boarding Notification requirement. A summary of this requirement is:

Pre-Boarding Notification (PBN) – Irish Revenue requirement:

Top lines

  • If you carry goods from GB to [Republic of] Ireland using a RoRo ferry service (accompanied or unaccompanied), a PBN must be submitted to Irish Customs. This notification must be submitted in advance of the goods leaving GB.
  • The haulier is responsible for ensuring that the PBN is submitted using information provided by the importer. However, the PBN may be created by anyone in the supply chain that has the required information.
  • Only one PBN should be created per vehicle irrespective of the number of consignments in the vehicle.
  • Vehicles will not be allowed to board ferries in GB without a valid PBN.

More detail

We also understand that some hauliers have not met the requirements for submitting a Safety & Security Entry Summary Declaration (ENS).

7 day ‘in flight’ period

Separately, I also wanted to bring to your attention that the 7 day ‘in flight’ period will come to an end at 00:01 on 8th January and hauliers will need a GMR from this point. It is vital that, from that point, a GMR is completed accurately, and therefore able to be validated, to prevent hauliers from being turned away from check in, this is  specifically for the GB>NI. Here are some links to pages that may be helpful to your members:

Haulier Advice Sites https://www.gov.uk/guidance/haulier-advice-site-locations

TSS https://www.tradersupportservice.co.uk/tss,  

Webinars https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-for-uk-transition.”