Industry and government advice

Government websites 

GOV.UK End of Transition: Get ready for 2021

Government portal providing links to many aspects of Brexit including travelling abroad, import/export procedures and rule changes. Useful starting point with links to step by step import / export advice, and structured presentation of information to find more details. Access here

Importing and Exporting

Introductory information via a government portal providing web and telephone advice plus links to more detailed information. Access here

More detailed information with links to customs, agri-food check information and other issues available here

Hauliers moving goods overseas

Government advice portal for transporting goods overseas including international haulage, safe loading, dangerous goods and more. Access here


Industry websites

UK Customs Academy

Civil Aviation Authority Brexit resource hub 

Office of Rail and Road Brexit page


EU Trade Help Desk

Excellent resource, in plain English, for companies exporting to the EU. Access here


Trader advice from DTI

Basics on trade terms, using intermediaries, links to support. Access here


Border Operating Model

Detailed advice on import and export timings and requirements. Access here


Technical Software Specifications: GVMS and other customs systems

This information will be of interest to members, who may wish to develop software interfaces with HMRC for GVMS, and for those looking more detail about the system. API technical specifications for GVMS are now available to view on the developer hub on This explains how to use HMRC APIs to interact with the Goods Vehicle Movement service.   It is written for software developers, designers, analysts, managers and others involved with creating or integrating software that connects to GVMS.  This part of the HMRC website also has detailed information about several other Customs IT systems.

  • A GVMS End to End User Guide is available here. This is a useful summary of the GVMS system and may be best starting point.
  • The landing page for GVMS documentation is here.
  • The home page for all API Documentation is here. There is a dedicated Customs area.
  • The landing page for all HMRC APIs is here.

Any feedback or queries for the API technical specifications should be directed to


Government Documents and Presentations


Safety and Security Business Requirements v1.0

This document clearly explains the legislation and business requirements, including detailed data requirements, for Safety and Security Declarations, including clarifications movements to/from GB and NI, and between the UK and EU. If guidance changes we will update this file.


Border processes for customs control

Government slide pack explaining the key customs issues for EU trade following the transition period for the logistics sector. If guidance changes we will update this file.


Northern Ireland – Processes for moving goods between NI and the rest of the UK

Government slide pack explaining the key customs issues for NI-GB trade (both directions) following the transition period for the logistics sector. If guidance changes we will update this file.