Import Clearances in the UK

UK ports operate using an inventory system (Temporary Storage) or GVMS (Goods Vehicle Movement Service).

Some ports may offer a mixed model

As a haulier, it is important to know requirements for each port so that goods can be cleared efficiently without delays.

Where you are entering/exiting a port where a mixed model is in use, it is important to note which model is in operation at the quay/terminal you are using. EORI (UK) are able to clear at most major ports in the UK.

We have summarised the two models below.

GVMS – Goods Vehicle Movement Service

GVMS is a government system used to create a GMR (Goods Movement Reference). This is scanned at the frontier and in turn triggers immediate release of goods upon arrival. When creating a GMR, you should add:

  • A customs declaration (GB Import, GB Export)
  • Transit Declaration
  • Entry In Declarant’s Records (EIDR) approved EORI Number
  • TIR Carnet
  • ATA Carnet
  • Postal Declaration
  • Oral Declaration
  • Empty Vehicle

When will you need a GMR:


For any movements into ports using the pre-lodgement model from EU/EFTA


For all GB exports from GVMS ports


For all movements from GB to NI


From NI to GB


When there is a transit declaration


When using a TIR or an ATA


Exports from ROI through an NI exit port


Goods under a special procedure

The GMR that is created includes information about the planned crossing, truck and trailer information as well as information on the declarations included in the reference. If additional checks are required, the GMR status will show this and the truck/trailer must check in to the relevant port facility upon arrival at their location.

Inventory System

Inventory ports are associated with a CSP (Community System Provider), there is integration between these systems and CDS/CHIEF. To get access to these, you should pay for a badge and subscribe to the service.

A declaration is created and linked to the inventory record using a unique reference once the ship’s manifest has been created. Once all goods have been cleared using this unique reference, the goods are free to leave the temporary storage.


Where can EORI (UK) clear from?

For further information click on the below link to discover where we clear from.

EORI (UK) Port List.

EORI also regularly complete clearances from Temporary Storage locations throughout the UK.

If you require clearance from a location that is not listed above we can still help!

Call our customs specialist team to find out more.


Trusted By

image 2
image 3
image 4
image 5
image 9
image 7
image 10

CABIE Benefits


Save time & Stress

Just nine clicks and the shipment is released from the port! Faster at the frontier, less paperwork and less cost.


24hr Customs Expert Support

Fully supported 24/7 by our experienced Customs Specialist support team to ensure that things run smoothly.


Minimal Effort & Cost

Ship as frequently as you like without incurring full customs declaration charges each time.

You're In Good Company

“I am very happy with the support from EORI UK to our business. Not only with the day to day transactions but also regarding the level of support and expertise with new challenges facing us at present from Windsor and T.O.M.”
Shayne Leatham, Logistics Manager, Pilgrims Food Masters
“The overall concept of what EORI (UK) are trying to achieve in the Customs world and so far are successfully doing is fantastic! I would recommend their services to anyone considering EORI (UK), you won’t regret it!”
Joe Jeffery, Director, Zelir Logistics Ltd
“No problems whatsoever, EORI (UK) easily the most hands-off customs procedure I have to endure !!!”
Rob Platt, Purchasing Manager, Infusion Group
“We have been from day one completely satisfied with EORI (UK) on every level and have recommended you more than once - great, pricing very fair, and it makes our importing much easier. . You are a brilliant company to work with!”
Christian Gimbett, The Good Food Network