A Step-By-Step Guide To Transporting Goods Overseas by Road
Road freight has always been a popular option for many businesses. It is safe, cost-effective and ideally tailored to both large and small shipments alike. While many of us are familiar with road transport within the UK, there are specific requirements for moving goods outside of the UK to other international destinations. This guide will help to explain this process, giving you advice and information to ensure your process is as thorough as possible. It will be particularly relevant for those looking to understand the logistics behind road freight and those looking to transport goods internationally on a commercial basis.
Operator License and Permits
There are specific licenses that are needed to drive internationally for commercial reasons. A Vehicle Operator License is required for any goods that have a gross plated weight of over 3,500kg or an unladen weight of more than 1,525 when there is no plated weight. The type of license you need depends on the nature of your work.
Standard National License
This type of license allows you to transport your own goods within the UK and internationally to other countries. It also means you can transport other people’s goods within the UK and allows you to take loaded trailers throughout Britain.
Standard International License
This type of license allows you to carry your own and other people’s cargo within the UK and internationally to other countries. There are additional Community Licenses that may be needed to travel between specific EU member countries.
These licenses only permit you to transport your own goods. It can last up to 5 years but you will need to pay a continuation fee to benefit from these terms.
Depending on what countries you are planning to travel through and to, you may need additional international road haulage license. These include:
These are required for international journeys within the 27 EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and the UK. It also allows the loading and unloading of goods for hire or rewards between 2 points in a country from a vehicle that has not been registered in that country – known as cabotage.
These permits are required for road haulage movements throughout the 43 ECMT countries. It is required for those who are driving through these countries to collect cargo. These permits are applicable when driving Euro VI or Euro V emissions standard vehicles.
If your route passes through Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Russia, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey or Ukraine, you will need a bi-lateral permit. For Turkey, this permit is only required if you are continuing on to a third country.
There are additional licenses required from countries outside of the UK and those that we do not have a previous arrangement or agreement with. This includes Belarus, Morocco, Russia, Tunisia and Turkey.