If a driver is informed that an inspection is needed after generating their port pass (GMR), the driver must go to an Inland Border Facility (IBF) as soon as they leave the terminal or port.
You only need to attend an IBF if you’re travelling through the Port of Dover, Eurotunnel or Holyhead and moving goods that fall within certain categories.
To speed up the journey and processing time when attending an IBF, drivers,haulier/logistics managers or intermediaries should -
- use the online service to tell HMRC you’re attending an IBF. Drivers can also use the app to check how busy each site is before they travel so they can avoid delays.
- ensure the driver has all the information and documents they will need to present when they arrive at the IBF.
To download the app, search ‘Attend an Inland Border Facility’ on the App Store or Google Play Store.
When exporting goods, you must have the Local Reference Number (LRN). LRNs can be entered into the ‘Attend an Inland Border Facility’ app where they can be associated with a vehicle registration number when booking a vehicle into an IBF.
Consequences of not reporting for an inspection
The haulier and/or driver may be liable to a penalty of up to £2,500 if they fail to follow HMRC instructions.
When importing goods from 1 January 2022, you must follow HMRC instructions about whether you need to get your goods checked on arrival in Great Britain.
You may be directed to an Inland Border Facility (IBF) for documentary or physical checks if they cannot be done at the border. This currently applies for the border locations at Dover, Eurotunnel (Cheriton terminal) and Holyhead.
The person who created the Goods Movement Reference (GMR) should ensure that the goods arrive at an IBF if instructed to do so and that their drivers are made aware or have the means to check if an inspection is needed.