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UK road haulage permits until end of 2019

On 29 August, the UK government updated its information about ECMT permits for journeys in November and December.

Hauliers will be able to buy these permits from 30 August 2019. The link to acquire those permits was added to the UK government’s information page on the same day. Until the end of 2019, the permits are only necessary to buy for journeys from the UK to non-EU or EEA countries through the EU or EEA, and if more than 2 cross-trade journeys within 7 days are carried out. To acquire the permits, a username and password to manage vehicle operator licence, and a debit or credit card to pay the application fee are required.

For journeys entirely within the EU or EEA, existing EU Community Licence can still be used until 31 December 2019, as agreed between the EU and UK. What happens after that date is not entirely clear yet. Only for haulage in Ireland specifically, if there’s a no-deal Brexit, it is mentioned that EU Community Licence can continue to be used by UK companies for haulage from the UK to Ireland and from Ireland to the UK, through Ireland to other EU or EEA countries and through Ireland between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

More information from the UK government on road haulage is available in the guidance on international road haulage after Brexit.

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