The Northern Ireland Protocol was introduced on 1 January 2021. In light if this, changes have been made to the way goods move in and out of Northern Ireland – including exhibition stands.

If you plan to move goods between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, or bring goods into Northern Ireland from outside the UK, you can sign up for the free Trader Support Service.

From 1 January 2022, you will need to use goods vehicle movement service (GVMS) to get any goods that you move through a port in the UK that uses the service, through customs.

The GVMS is a UK Government IT platform for moving goods into or out of Northern Ireland and Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales).

In NI, the border locations using the Goods Vehicle Movement Service to support pre-lodged Customs Controls are:

  • Belfast
  • Larne
  • Warrenpoint

For more information and how to register for a GVMS, click here

After you’ve registered for a GVMS, you need to get a GMR (Goods Movement Reference).

A GMR is a number and barcode that is required for each vehicle, on each movement, leaving Great Britain for Northern Ireland. Drivers must present it at the port of departure to prove that their goods have pre-lodged all the necessary declarations.

When moving goods from GB into NI you are always required to provide a GMR. This GMR may include import or transit declarations. You should only select that you are a Transit movement in GVMS if you are moving goods under the Common Transit Convention and have a Transit Accompanying Document.

For more information and how to register for a GMR, click here

Also, please visit Stenaline and P&O Ferries where you will find more guidance and advice.

*This content was published on November 2021 and at the time of publication was accurate. Please refer to for the latest information.

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