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Portsmouth International Port Update - EU Exit : Information for Hauliers

As a major UK port many businesses rely on Portsmouth to transport goods across the Channel, so it’s really important trade flows easily once new documentation is compulsory. With only 13 lorry lengths from the entrance of the port to motorway, we can’t afford to have any delays.

To make sure freight continues to flow the LRF (Local Resilience Forum) has created a plan to manage freight away from the port gates.

Known as Op Transmission, triage points have been created so paperwork can be checked in advance before you’re given permission to head to the port. These triage points have been identified following comprehensive traffic modelling, with the main triage along A31, to manage the majority of traffic coming down A34. There is a smaller triage site off M275, but this has limited space and has been created for drivers coming from the east.

Follow signage, which will direct you to your nearest triage.

We advise hauliers to allow an extra 30 minutes to their journey, which will give enough time for the diversion and document checks.

These include:

  • a valid ferry booking reference number, (no booking, no entry)
  • a valid passport
  • any applicable Movement Reference Numbers (MRN)
  • any applicable Transit Accompanying Documents (TAD)
  • any applicable Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission (ATA ) or Transport Internationaux Routiers (TIR) carnets
  • any applicable required documents for animals, plants, firearms, or other specialty goods

If you are a haulier carrying freight considered a special load, you may qualify for an exemption to the triage check.

EU Haulier leaflet (PDF)

Portsmouth International Port

14 December 2020

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